\ 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

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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 The Bears coach was still seething over a 24-21 loss to the Raiders a day earlier — and rightfully so after his team fell into a 17-point first-half hole, then blew a lead in the final minutes. Dan Wiederer,, "How does Matt Nagy weigh belief vs. doubt during the Bears’ bye week? ‘It’s not about complaints. It’s about answers.’," 12 Oct. 2019 At the next race in Adelaide, Senna was still seething, and Brundle inadvertently found himself at the brunt of the Brazilian's ire on a treacherously wet race day. Sarah Holt, CNN, "Japanese GP: Driven by emotion, Senna and Prost collide at Suzuka," 10 Oct. 2019 The impudent buck seethes with unapologetic resentment. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Winslow Homer at Harvard — Taking On Fake News," 21 Sep. 2019 Tillerson in particular was stunned by Trump's diatribe and began visibly seething. Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "‘You’re a bunch of dopes and babies’: Inside Trump’s stunning tirade against generals," 17 Jan. 2020 The text is almost too sweet: Greta Thunberg refuses to cower as the tempest seethes around her. Jason Parham, Wired, "Depth of Field: Greta Thunberg Takes on the World," 13 Dec. 2019 And while rioters in 2005 seethed with anger over deep-seated perceived social and economic injustices, those attacking police now seem simply to be reveling in their violence., "PARIS — A resurgence of anti-police violence has emerged in the long-troubled towns around Paris, signs that lawlessness still simmers in French urban hotspots that exploded in three weeks of rioting in 2005.," 6 Nov. 2019 That’s why many of the U.S. Navy’s hurricane hunter planes were in Puerto Rico trying to tame Hurricane Debbie with doses of silver iodide while Camille seethed in the Gulf of Mexico. Kimberly Miller,, "Hurricane Camille and the turbulent, violent 1969 storm season still have mysteries," 17 Aug. 2019 The entire sequence is a perfect origin story for a decade fueled by Facebook, social anxiety, and, yes, seething male ego. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The 10 Best Movie Scenes of the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Australia's seethes at proposal to move BHP Billiton listing., "Your Evening Briefing," 4 May 2017

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Seethe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of 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


\ 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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