\ 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, churn, moil, roil

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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.

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Police said he was last seen early Sunday evening trying to help a woman who had escaped through a window with her cat while seething waters surged through downtown. David Mcfadden,, "Body found of man who disappeared amid Maryland flooding," 30 May 2018 In many ways, his creed directly borrowed from the long-standing positions of Europe's far right, combining a narrative of economic anxiety over globalization with seething cultural resentments about immigration. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "In Europe, Steve Bannon can still play the hero," 13 Mar. 2018 And privacy hawks in the United States have been seething for years that broadband providers manage to slip away from recent federal regulation of their privacy practices. Quentin Ariès, Washington Post, "As Europe's data law takes effect, watchdogs go after tech companies," 25 May 2018 Environmentalists have been seething about an order directing the Bureau of Land Management to rewrite a protection plan for the state's deserts, and California Atty. Joseph Tanfani,, "Trump administration steps up war with California over environmental protections," 2 Apr. 2018 The megacity – stuffed with around 25 million inhabitants and infamous as the place the Taliban captured and beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl in 2002 – seethed with drug smuggling, kidnapping, extortion and daily bomb blasts. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Pakistan works to clean up Karachi, once world's 'most dangerous city'," 7 June 2018 As in the best episodes of Black Mirror, or the shot in Blue Velvet where the camera descends to show the horror that seethes under the perfect lawn, the environment in which the characters live is thoroughly infected by death. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Something Is Damp in the State of Denmark," 11 May 2018 Whatever the authorities’ intent, the public shaming of Ms. Hojabri and the arrest of others who have not been identified have created a backlash in a society already seething over a bad economy, corruption and a lack of personal freedoms. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran’s Shaming of Young Dancer Draws Backlash," 9 July 2018 But Ri, still seething over the grievances question, wasn't willing to talk about the potential meeting with reporters. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Senior North Korean official chastises South Korean reporter," 1 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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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