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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 of seethe
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sēothan; cognate with German sieden, Swedish sjuda
Related forms
seethingly, adverb
unseethed, adjective
unseething, adjective
Synonym Study
2. See boil1.
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  • He was stung by some old recollection, and had marched off, seething with fury.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • "The whole town is seething with indignation," he called to me.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • And on that horizon are the gilded domes and smoking chimneys of the seething city.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Who would think, to look on a scene like this, that the city is seething with dissatisfaction?

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Under a more or less calm exterior he was a seething cauldron of passion.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
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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