defuse defuse  /dɪ ˈfjuz/


  • (v) remove the triggering device from


  1. They will also participate in mock scenarios to learn how to defuse conflict.
  2. In comedy, timing is everything, and the timing, spirit and execution of this cover made it stand out, and even helped defuse the rancor unintentionally created by the original.


  1. With no easy options, Brazil's Rousseff strains to manage unrest

    By Jeferson Ribeiro and Brian Winter BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Few people in Brazil know what it's like to be 20-something and angry at the government quite like President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff, a Marxist guerrilla during the 1960s who fought against a military dictatorship, now finds herself on the other side of power. She's struggling to defuse protests by more than 1 million people in ...
    on June 24, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Serena tries to end Sharapova row

    Serena Williams tried to defuse her war of words with Maria Sharapova on Sunday as the Wimbledon champion claimed she had apologised to the Russian for criticising her private life.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Fox News

  3. Putin offers gift to defuse flap over Super Bowl ring

    Putin offers gift to defuse flap over Super Bowl ring Published Jun 22, 2013 06:02PM MDT Moscow • Facing what he drolly called a “complicated international problem,” Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to give the New England Patriots’ owner custom jewelry to compensate for the Super Bowl ring that some imply the Russian president pocketed. The Super Bowl ring changed hands in 2005 when Robert Kraft ...
    on June 23, 2013     Source: The Salt Lake Tribune


  1. "He practiced the old school values like civility, which help make the legislative process work," said Leahy. "And he knew how to defuse a difficult situation with humor."
    on Nov 30, 2007 By: Patrick Leahy Source:

  2. "Public vilification of the Dalai Lama will not help defuse the situation," Negroponte told a US Senate hearing.
    on Apr 24, 2008 By: John Negroponte Source: Reuters

  3. "The urgent task now is to defuse the impact of the Cheonan incident, change the tense situation and avoid clashes," Mr Wen said.
    on May 30, 2010 By: Wen Jiabao Source:

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