deep-seated

adjective

deep-seat·​ed ˈdēp-ˈsē-təd How to pronounce deep-seated (audio)
1
: situated far below the surface
a deep-seated inflammation
2
: firmly established
a deep-seated tradition

Examples of deep-seated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moral compass Moral fibre One is rational, explicit, and defined by one’s social or professional community; the other is emotional, deep-seated, and dictated by one’s conscience or god. Hazlitt, 10 Apr. 2024 Grosvenor’s ties to the royal family are deep-seated. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2023 My husband’s hitherto unknown, but apparently deep-seated, yen to make pizza first revealed itself two summers ago. Sunshine Flint, wsj.com, 26 Sep. 2023 By 2019, public distrust of the elite was deep-seated. Michael C. Desch, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of deep-seated was in 1701

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“Deep-seated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deep-seated. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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deep-seated

adjective
deep-seat·​ed
ˈdēp-ˈsēt-əd
1
: set or located far below the surface
2
: firmly established
a deep-seated tradition

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