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seethe

[seeth] /sið/
verb (used without object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.
1.
to surge or foam as if boiling.
2.
to be in a state of agitation or excitement.
3.
Archaic. to boil.
verb (used with object), seethed or (Obsolete) sod; seethed or (Obsolete) sodden or sod; seething.
4.
to soak or steep.
5.
to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.
noun
6.
the act of seething.
7.
the state of being agitated or excited.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sēothan; cognate with German sieden, Swedish sjuda
Related forms
seethingly, adverb
unseethed, adjective
unseething, adjective
Synonyms
2. See boil1 .
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Examples from the web for seething
  • By the end of the semester, the students were seething.
  • Such is the seething state of the drugs debate that more or less anything he said was guaranteed to enrage somebody.
  • But their firm-hopping sent a ripple through the industry, leaving former colleagues seething.
  • Or to the seething anger that those stories narrate.
  • Yet events of the past fortnight have sent the city seething.
  • Blistering hot with an infernal glow, the fire was all seething heat.
  • One answer is to fling corporate sponsors, scientists, and students into seething heaps and see what emerges.
  • But if you have to work with people continuously, it's better to have them smiling, not seething.
  • Rather, it is a roiling, seething cauldron of evanescent particles.
  • Coal miners dug underneath the seething core to allow liquid nitrogen to be pumped in and cool the nuclear fuel.
British Dictionary definitions for seething

seething

/ˈsiːðɪŋ/
adjective
1.
boiling or foaming as if boiling
2.
crowded and full of restless activity
3.
in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
Derived Forms
seethingly, adverb

seethe

/siːð/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to boil or to foam as if boiling
2.
(intransitive) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
3.
(transitive) to soak in liquid
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
noun
5.
the act or state of seething
Word Origin
Old English sēothan; related to Old Norse sjōtha, Old High German siodan to seethe
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Word Origin and History for seething

seethe

v.

Old English seoþan "to boil," also figuratively, "be troubled in mind, brood" (class II strong verb; past tense seaþ, past participle soden), from Proto-Germanic *seuthan (cf. Old Norse sjoða, Old Frisian siatha, Dutch zieden, Old High German siodan, German sieden "to seethe"), from PIE root *seut- "to seethe, boil."

Driven out of its literal meaning by boil (v.); it survives largely in metaphoric extensions. Figurative use, of persons or populations, "to be in a state of inward agitation" is recorded from 1580s (implied in seething). It had wider figurative uses in Old English, e.g. "to try by fire, to afflict with cares." Now conjugated as a weak verb, and past participle sodden (q.v.) is no longer felt as connected.

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seething in the Bible

to boil (Ex. 16:23).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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