View synonyms for beseem


[ bih-seem ]

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.


/ bɪˈsiːm /


  1. archaic.
    to be suitable for; befit

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Other Words From

  • unbe·seeming adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of beseem1

First recorded in 1175–1225, beseem is from the Middle English word bisemen. See be-, seem

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Example Sentences

Sif has a gallant at home; thou wilt anxious be to find him: thou shalt that arduous work perform; it will beseem thee better.

To think and speak of that day with horror doth well beseem the impenitent sinner, but ill the believing saint.

Fair knight, said that knight, it would beseem a knight to joust and to fight on horseback.

As it would not beseem me as composer to express an opinion of my own work, we will here alone speak of its performance.

All this I know; but we have fared so ill in this house that mirth and laughter ill beseem us.


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