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beseem

[bih-seem]Archaic.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to be fit for or worthy of; become: conduct that beseems a gentleman.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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 formsun·be·seem·ing, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • That is not out of disrespect to you, but because I think it would be unbeseeming to me.

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  • Whoever be the instruments, the replying of clay to the Potter, the Former of all, is unbeseeming the nothing-creature.


British Dictionary definitions for unbeseeming

beseem

verb
  1. archaic to be suitable for; befit
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Word Origin and History for unbeseeming

1580s, "not befitting, inappropriate," from un- (1) "not" + beseeming. A common 17c. word.

beseem

v.

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

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