\ ˈsēṯẖ How to pronounce seethe (audio) \
seethed; seething

Definition of seethe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to suffer violent internal excitement seethe with jealousy
2a : to be in a state of rapid agitated movement
b : to churn or foam as if boiling
3 archaic : boil

transitive verb

1 : to soak or saturate in a liquid
2 archaic : boil, stew



Definition of seethe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state of seething : ebullition

Synonyms for seethe

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of seethe in a Sentence

Verb He seethed at his brother's success. We found ourselves in the middle of a seething crowd.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Career lawyers continue to seethe over Shelby County v. Holder (2013), the Supreme Court ruling that ended their automatic oversight of redistricting in disfavored states, and their answer is to use lawsuits to accomplish the same. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 And on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, Hamilton clipped the back of Verstappen’s car while overtaking him—leaving Verstappen to seethe on the podium. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 So a volcano might eject CO2 into the atmosphere, and wetlands would slowly seethe methane, but both would eventually dissipate. Matt Simon, Wired, 11 Aug. 2021 The Wings were bumped to fourth, leaving Yzerman to seethe. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2021 Some will seethe at the spire as an icon of arrogance, pointlessly pointing to the heavens. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 7 June 2021 Meanwhile, Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) continues to seethe with sibling rivalry, comforting herself with a string of cocktails and young lovers. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 13 Nov. 2020 As racial tensions seethe across the Atlantic, the exhibition of the home starting Tuesday has taken on fresh relevance. Nicole Winfield And Gregorio Borgia, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2020 As racial tensions seethe across the Atlantic, the exhibition of the home starting Tuesday has taken on fresh relevance. Nicole Winfield And Gregorio Borgia, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some studies go as far as to identify innate, psychological differences that explain why liberals are more likely to laugh while conservatives are more prone to seethe. Matt Sienkiewicz, The Conversation, 24 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile Scotland, where a majority voted to remain in the E.U., is threatening to leave the U.K. while loyalist politicians in Northern Ireland seethe over being sold a bill of goods regarding the border. Bill Saporito, Time, 9 July 2021 There’s also the sheer pressure of time in quiet, contemplative sequences—walking, driving, fishing—that seethe with latent violence. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 1 June 2021 Even the seemingly trivial minutes as father and son wait for the bus seethe with dramatic energy: the father, Ganapathy (played by Karuththadaiyaan), buys a pack of cigarettes from a vender at a kiosk—and nothing for his son, Velu (Chellapandi). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 All the elders can do is sit back and listen, and seethe in silence. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2021 Dyche was left to seethe as Newcastle won the game. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 25 Dec. 2020 Carson Daly’s enjoying watching Blake seethe a little bit over letting this guy go. Maggie Fremont,, 1 Dec. 2020 Khloé’s sisters and mom rally around her — and seethe at Thompson in confessional interviews. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of seethe


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2


1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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\ ˈsēt͟h How to pronounce seethe (audio) \
seethed; seething

Kids Definition of seethe

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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