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Rule "diffuse (defuse) tensions"

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Description: diffuse (defuse) tensions
Message: Did you mean \1, as in removing the fuse from a bomb? "Diffuse" as a verb means to spread out.
Category: Commonly Confused Words (ID: CONFUSED_WORDS)
Link: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/diffuse-vs-defuse
Incorrect sentences
that this rule can detect:
  • They gathered at her police precinct to thank officers for their work and to diffuse tensions.
    Correction suggestion: defuse
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Check the following text against just this rule:

ID: DIFFUSE_TENSIONS [1]
Version: 6.0-SNAPSHOT (2022-11-28 21:33:02 +0000)