He has kept “the Devil way down in the hole,” writes Horspool, by seeming to have done a deal with the angels.
And she always adds humor to it, which she knows she can pull off, without it seeming vulgar or too campy.
Yet that open border is no less real for seeming so purely notional.
late 14c., present participle adjective from seem. Seemingly in sense of "to all appearances" recorded from 1590s.
c.1200, "to appear to be;" c.1300, "to be fitting, be appropriate, be suitable," though the more recent sense in English is the etymological one; from Old Norse soema "to honor; to put up with; to conform to (the world, etc.)," verb derived from adjective soemr "fitting," from Proto-Germanic *somi- (cf. Old English som "agreement, reconciliation," seman "to conciliate," source of Middle English semen "to settle a dispute," literally "to make one;" Old Danish some "to be proper or seemly"), from PIE *som-i-, from root *sem- "one, as one" (see same). Related: Seemed; seeming.