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  • When the United States focused on terrorism, the movement went further underground and became more diffuse.
  • The lamp gives off a diffuse light.
  • a large diffuse organization
  • unrealistic and diffuse in her thinking

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  • Diffuse axonal injury is one of the most common and devastating types of traumatic brain injury.
  • Flora, who had seemed enchanting in all she said and thought, was diffuse and silly.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • I smile as much as my bruised cheek will allow, hoping that will diffuse the tension.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • He took the list to the university president, and the situation was diffused.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • They diffused and melted Janie, the room and the world into one comprehension.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • A richer tint of crimson diffused itself over the pictured horrors of blood.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum

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  • the tone of the diffused green light of the sea bottom.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Looking back at the grotesque peaks and shadowy angles of the old mansion, they fancied a gloom diffused about it which no brightness of the sunshine could dispel.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • As the sun went higher and left the eastern sky, the square of sunshine on the wall grew larger and diffuse, and the bright yellow color of early morning was gone.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • "Psycho alert," Lindsay shouts out, probably hoping to diffuse the tension.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • She should be diffusing and scrunching and, if possible, sleeping on a satin pillowcase.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • I tried to smile to diffuse the situation but I was completely baffled.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • There is very little diffusion.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • His sympathetic eyes diffused Kai’s mounting anger.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Normally I could navigate by the sun—which shouldn’t be a surprise, since I spent millennia driving it across the sky—but under the canopy of trees, the light was diffuse, the shadows confusing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Its light was not bright, and it was diffused by the mist, but the man Jack would not need much light.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • The light came from within it, a cold-glowing green light with yellow edges that diffused the shape, making it change and grow as I watched.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • The only U.S.-owned gaseous diffusion plant is in Paducah, Kentucky.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • The clouds present diffuse bands of tender grays and blues, and below them the ocean does the same.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • What better nationalism for a diffuse, unstructured nation like Poland than the practical yet aesthetically thrilling nationalism of National Socialism, in which Die Meistersinger was no more or no less a civilizing influence than the great new autobahns?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A diffuse cloud of yellow light billowed through the depths, like someone had poured liquid neon into the water.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The air in the attic was so still that the greyish smoke rose straight up without diffusing, forming a column that echoed the shape of the tall white candle.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • They walked outside, and the daylight, which Alan had dreaded, was diffuse, forgiving.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But —" holding it up again to sparkle, in the diffuse luminance of the overheads—"emeralds aren’t really my stone.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • A vague scent of life and green vegetation was diffused in the air.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Slowly the dawn grew to a pale light, diffused and shadowless.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • —I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Denisov smiled, took out of his sabretache a handkerchief that diffused a smell of perfume, and put it to Nesvitski’s nose.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There, Margaret, the sun is forever visible, its broad disk just skirting the horizon and diffusing a perpetual splendour.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Alarmed, he watched as the middle of his palm shimmered and formed a diffused white oval.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • A white spark of fire flashed like a cold metallic cross in the glass she held, as if it were a lens gathering the diffused radiance of her skin.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Even in the diffuse light, Sophie could see Langdon’s surprise.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The vapour did not diffuse as a true gas would do.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The bulk of three cigars had passed into the invisible or diffused as a white ash over the carpet before he spoke again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • —the blessings which the orphan child called down upon them, sunk into their souls, diffusing peace and happiness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • It threw a circle of light on the low ceiling and made a wider, more diffuse sphere of light around us.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • It had diffused over the earth all the light which tyranny can give a sombre light.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A starburst of royal blue filled the flowers’ throats, diffusing into the sable corolla like the vestiges of day into night.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It seemed hardly possible that by such comparatively small mouthfuls he could keep up the vitality diffused through so broad, baronial, and superb a person.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Look at the diffusion of religion around the globe.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • She was so pale under the diffuse lamplight that she looked almost transparent, as if Simon could have looked right through her.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • No, he thought, not dread, there’s nothing to fear: just an immense, diffused apprehension, with no source or object.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He addressed himself to Miss Bennet, with a polite congratulation; Mr. Hurst also made her a slight bow, and said he was "very glad;" but diffuseness and warmth remained for Bingley’s salutation.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • A spirit of unruliness diffused itself among us and, under its influence, differences of culture and constitution were waived.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • My work, which had appeared so vague, so hopelessly diffuse, condensed itself as he proceeded, and assumed a definite form under his shaping hand.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The greenish wax to be obtained would be more brittle than bees’ wax, but it would burn very fairly, and diffuse an agreeable perfume.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
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