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Imbue   /ɪmbjˈu/   Listen

(past & past part. imbued; pres. part. imbuing)
Spread or diffuse through.  Synonyms: diffuse, interpenetrate, penetrate, permeate, pervade, riddle.  "Music penetrated the entire building" , "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"
Fill, soak, or imbue totally.  Synonym: soak.
Suffuse with color.  Synonym: hue.

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"Imbue" Quotes from Famous Books

... beauty of earth with what we dream of the beauty of heaven!' And, as another of the elements of this creation of beauty, there must be indefiniteness. 'I know,' he says, 'that indefiniteness is an element of the true music—I mean of the true musical expression. Give to it any undue decision—imbue it with any very determinate tone—and you deprive it at once of its ethereal, its ideal, its intrinsic and essential character.' Do we not seem to find here an anticipation of Verlaine's 'Art Poetique': 'Pas la couleur, rien que la nuance'? And is not ...
— Figures of Several Centuries • Arthur Symons

... transcended all the fictions that the most glowing imagination ever portrayed; our seclusion, the savage nature of the inhabitants of the surrounding villages, and our immediate vicinity to the troubled sea, combined to imbue with strange horror our days of uncertainty. The truth was at last known,—a truth that made our loved and lovely Italy appear a tomb, its sky a pall. Every heart echoed the deep lament, and my only consolation was in the praise and earnest love that each voice bestowed and each countenance ...
— Notes to the Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley • Mary W. Shelley

... which, however adapted to supply a theme for eloquent declamation, is not to be found in Scripture. "It must be admitted," says he, "that Mary would have been involved in the general ruin of mankind, had not the merciful Physician who heals our diseases determined to imbue her beforehand with his preventing grace. Sin, which like a torrent overflowed the world, would have polluted this holy Virgin with its poisonous waves; but Omnipotence can stop, whenever he pleases, the most impetuous ...
— Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II • Francis Augustus Cox

... are calling, my heart for one doth yearn, "Find love in kindly service," sweet fern leaves sighed, "Return." Sad waves then cease thy moaning—let hope's resplendent rays Imbue my heart with courage—God's love's with ...
— Poems - A Message of Hope • Mary Alice Walton

Words linked to "Imbue" :   saturate, colourise, colorize, brew, colour, perforate, penetrate, color in, spiritize, color, colour in, pervade, colorise, impregnate, interpenetrate, infuse, spiritise, colourize, steep

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