Defuse vs. Diffuse

Lexical Vexations

defuse v. to disarm a bomb or, more metaphorically, a tense situation.

diffuse adj. spread or scattered over an area.

Words in the Wild: There wouldn’t have been a diffuse pink mist in the room if the secret agent had managed to defuse the bomb in time.

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