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outward and often deceptive indication
  • her altruism is all seeming—she cares only about herself

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present participle of seem

Synonyms of seeming (Entry 3 of 3)

to give the impression of being
  • I tried to cheer them up because they seemed depressed

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apparent, illusory, seeming, ostensible mean not actually being what appearance indicates. apparent suggests appearance to unaided senses that may or may not be borne out by more rigorous examination or greater knowledge. the apparent cause of the accident illusory implies a false impression based on deceptive resemblance or faulty observation, or influenced by emotions that prevent a clear view. an illusory sense of security seeming implies a character in the thing observed that gives it the appearance, sometimes through intent, of something else. the seeming simplicity of the story ostensible suggests a discrepancy between an openly declared or naturally implied aim or reason and the true one. the ostensible reason for their visit

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The first known use of seeming was in the 15th century

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“Seeming.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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