seethe

verb
\ 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

seethe

noun

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

Verb

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

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As the fanbase seethed in the aftermath of the overtime defeat, rumors flew that Helton himself had taken over the team’s play-calling in the extra period. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Clay Helton defends USC’s play calling and Graham Harrell," 15 Sep. 2019 The man who shot nine people to death last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, seethed at female classmates and threatened them with violence. Tim Arango, BostonGlobe.com, "Common warning sign in gunmen is avowed anger toward women," 10 Aug. 2019 The Islamists who won the only moderately fair elections Egypt has ever held still justifiably seethe at having been ousted from office at gunpoint. The Economist, "Pyramid scheme," 6 July 2019 The 22-year-old took the top scores on floor, vault and balance beam and placed third on bars, bouncing back from a sloppy set Friday that left the greatest gymnast on the planet and admitted perfectionist seething. Author: Will Graves, Anchorage Daily News, "6 pack; Biles soars to 6th US gymnastics title," 12 Aug. 2019 The 22-year-old took the top scores on floor, vault and balance beam and placed third on bars, bouncing back from a sloppy set Friday that left the greatest gymnast on the planet and admitted perfectionist seething. Will Graves, courant.com, "Simone Biles soars to 6th US gymnastics title," 12 Aug. 2019 The 22-year-old took the top scores on floor, vault and balance beam and placed third on bars, bouncing back from a sloppy set Friday that left the greatest gymnast on the planet and admitted perfectionist seething. Will Graves, baltimoresun.com, "With unprecedented 'triple-double,’ Simone Biles soars to sixth U.S. women’s gymnastics title," 12 Aug. 2019 The simple passage of time—under threat, in doubt, and in silence—creates an unbearable dramatic suspense, and Losey catches it in motion, in ordinary actions that seethe with menace and doom. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Mr. Klein,” a Political Mystery of Mistaken Identity in Occupied Paris," 6 Sep. 2019 While Solis is less physically intimidating than Cannavale — hell, half the players in the NFL are less physically intimidating than Cannavale — Solis ably compensates with his own brand of seething intensity. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "Battling over the truth of the matter in Gloucester Stage’s ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Australia's seethes at proposal to move BHP Billiton listing. Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of seethe

Verb

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

Noun

1816, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seethe

Verb

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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seethe

verb

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

seethe

verb
\ 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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