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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for beseeming

Historical Examples of beseeming

  • Tressilian appeared, and made a low and beseeming reference.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for beseeming


  1. archaic to be suitable for; befit
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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.

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