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Words in action: Defuse vs. diffuse

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Defuse vs. diffuse  
Defuse means “to make less dangerous, tense or embarrassing.” Her attempts to defuse the stressful situation were ineffective.

Diffuse means “to pour out and spread, as a fluid; to spread or scatter widely or thinly; disseminate.” The wind diffused the smoke from the fires throughout the county.

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