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[bih-seem] /bɪˈsim/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
to be fit for or worthy of; become:
conduct that beseems a gentleman.
verb (used without object)
to be suitable or fitting.
Origin of beseem
First recorded in 1175-1225, beseem is from the Middle English word bisemen. See be-, seem
Related forms
unbeseeming, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Tressilian appeared, and made a low and beseeming reference.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • The body had been prepared for burial in a beseeming suit of black.

  • It was like a masquerade of rank and culture in the rags of misery, beseeming it as ill as an unsuitable part in a play.

    Footsteps of Fate Louis Couperus
  • Time would come when M'tela would ceremoniously bring in his real present--assuredly magnificent as beseeming his power.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • And made Verona's ancient citizensCast by their grave, beseeming ornaments,To wield old partisans.

  • The throng had parted before this little procession, averting their eyes from the covered palankeen, as was beseeming.

    Tales of Destiny Edmund Mitchell
  • For many of them breathe of a national spirit not beseeming a subject nation, and have been suppressed for many years.

    Armenian Legends and Festivals Louis A. Boettiger
  • Yea, peace is too little; exceeding joy is the portion, and most beseeming condition of the upright.

  • Mrs. Polly watched them with beseeming awe and deference, but it was a great trial to her, and she grew very nervous over it.

    The Pot of Gold Mary E. Wilkins
  • Hearing this speech, I seemed to behold myself swinging by a tow from a tree branch, a death not beseeming one of gentle blood.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for beseeming


(archaic) to be suitable for; befit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for beseeming

1520s, present participle adjective from beseem.



early 13c., from be- + seem (v.). Related: Beseemed; beseeming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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