defuse vs diffuse : Common Errors in English

About defuse vs diffuse

You defuse a dangerous situation by treating it like a bomb and removing its fuse; to diffuse, in contrast, is to spread something out: “Bob’s cheap cologne diffused throughout the room, wrecking the wine-tasting."

defuse Meaning(s)

  • (v) remove the triggering device from

diffuse Meaning(s)

  • (v) move outward
  • (v) spread or diffuse through
  • (v) cause to become widely known
  • (s) spread out; not concentrated in one place
  • (a) (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
  • (s) lacking conciseness

defuse in News

  1. US-INDUSTRY Summary

    Greeks strike over state TV closure, PM offers talks ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras moved to defuse a political crisis over the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT that prompted a nationwide strike on Thursday and brought thousands into the streets in protest. Samaras, who has branded defenders of ERT hypocrites, invited two left-wing junior coalition ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Greeks strike over state TV closure, PM offers talks

    By Lefteris Papadimas and Harry Papachristou ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras moved to defuse a political crisis over the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT that prompted a nationwide strike on Thursday and brought thousands into the streets in protest. Samaras, who has branded defenders of ERT hypocrites, invited two left-wing junior coalition parties ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Iraq cabinet meets in Kurdistan to defuse tensions

    Arbil, Iraq (AFP) June 09, 2013 Iraq's premier led a landmark cabinet meeting in the country's Kurdish region on Sunday to defuse tensions linked to a multitude of disputes that diplomats warn are among its biggest threats to stability. The long-running rows have provoked sharp exchanges between the two sides, and while no tangible measures were agreed at the meeting, the mere fact that talks ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Space War

diffuse in News

  1. Resident barricaded in home prompts Metro SWAT response

    Metro Police SWAT has been called to help diffuse a situation in which a person is barricaded inside a residence following a civil disturbance call.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Las Vegas Sun

  2. Vacaville residents to hold bone marrow drive for family member

    Got a handful of minutes to spare?That's how long it could take to see if you can help save a life.Longtime Vacaville resident Ron Packer, 58, was recently diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is in need of a bone marrow
    on June 9, 2013 Source: The Vacaville Reporter

  3. Community Kindness

    Although late, I want to acknowledge an act of kindness which may have escalated into a road rage situation had not someone got involved and diffused a hostile situation.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Grand Island Independent

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