\ ˈsēṯẖ \
seethed; seething

Definition of seethe 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : boil, stew

2 : to soak or saturate in a liquid

intransitive verb

1 archaic : boil

2a : 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



Definition of seethe (Entry 2 of 2)

: a state of seething : ebullition

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Synonyms for seethe

Synonyms: Verb

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

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Examples of seethe in a Sentence


He seethed at his brother's success. We found ourselves in the middle of a seething crowd.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Democrats and many legal analysts believe those rulings would have gone the other way had Mr. Garland been on the court, and the outcome left Democrats seething. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "McConnell Promises Fall Vote to Confirm Next Supreme Court Justice," 27 June 2018 Many inside Selhurst Park that day left the ground seething, vowing to never forgive the former Aston Villa and Liverpool forward should they be relegated by a slender margin., "FanView: Christian Benteke's Goal Was a Beautiful Moment of Symmetry & Summed Up Palace's Season," 1 May 2018 Six years later, the site seethes with life, barely visible trails cutting through rampant sedge and mallow, cow parsley and burdock. The Economist, "Brexit is reverberating in British literature," 5 July 2018 In a seething open letter, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner refused the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and voiced her support for her expelled husband, director Roman Polanski. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Seigner, Polanski’s wife, refuses film academy invitation," 9 July 2018 This is the culmination of DeMonaco’s seething Purge scenarios, which have become increasingly focused on polarization and rage. Gary Thompson,, "'First Purge': Not worth the splurge," 3 July 2018 The refrain: the seething orb of the sun, reflecting the fever back here on earth, and lending a sense of eternity to Jafa’s theme — the eternity of oppression, and the persistence of love and honor in its face. Cate Mcquaid,, "At the ICA, throwing conceptual grenades," 28 June 2018 Camille, who is Gen X, seethes in silence and cuts in private. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "It’s Hard to Watch Sharp Objects, and Even Harder to Look Away," 28 June 2018 With Asia weeping and RuPaul seething, this was easily the most intense moment of the night. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "The 10 Most Shocking Moments From the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 Reunion," 21 June 2018

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 1


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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The first known use of seethe was before the 12th century

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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 \
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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