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seethe

verb \ ˈsēṯẖ \
Updated on: 15 May 2018
seethed; seething
1 archaic : boil, stew
2 : to soak or saturate in a liquid
1 archaic : boil
2 a : to be in a state of rapid agitated movement
b : to churn or foam as if boiling
3 : to suffer violent internal excitement
  • seethe with jealousy

Examples of seethe in a Sentence

  1. He seethed at his brother's success.

  2. We found ourselves in the middle of a seething crowd.

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Origin and Etymology of seethe

Middle English sethen, from Old English sēothan; akin to Old High German siodan to seethe and probably to Old Lithuanian siausti (it) storms, rages

seethe Synonyms

Synonyms

boil, burn, foam, fume, rage, rankle, sizzle, steam, storm;

Phrases

see red;


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seethe

noun
: a state of seething : ebullition

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First Known Use of seethe

1816

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SEETHE Defined for English Language Learners

seethe

  • : to feel or show strong emotion (such as anger) even though you try to control it

  • : to be in a state of constant activity


SEETHE Defined for Kids

seethe

verb \ ˈsēt͟h \
seethed; seething
1 : to feel or show great excitement or emotion (as anger)
  • The unjust criticism caused me to seethe.
2 : to move constantly and without order
  • Flies seethed around garbage.


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