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diffuse (adj) spread out over a large area; using too many words without explaining things clearly.

When light is diffuse it is spread over a large area. A diffuse organization is an organization with its members or branches spread over a large area, perhaps over different territories. A diffuse community is a group of people of the same community spread over a large area, rather thinly. A diffuse speech or writing is one which using too many words fails to make things clear. It does not explain things directly and even confuses us. It is difficult to understand.

  • The party, once an organization of some force, is now diffuse, with its few members spread over too large an area to be effective.
  • The audience soon tired of his speech, as it was diffuse and did not focus on the topic he had chosen to speak on.
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