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smolder

or smoul·der

[ smohl-der ]
/ ˈsmoʊl dər /
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verb (used without object)

to burn without flame; undergo slow or suppressed combustion.
to exist or continue in a suppressed state or without outward demonstration: Hatred smoldered beneath a polite surface.
to display repressed feelings, as of indignation, anger, or the like: to smolder with rage.

noun

dense smoke resulting from slow or suppressed combustion.
a smoldering fire.

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Origin of smolder

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English smolder smoky vapor, dissimilated variant of smorthersmother; (v.) Middle English (as present participle smolderende), derivative of the noun
un·smol·der·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for smolder

smolder
/ (ˈsməʊldə) /

verb, noun

the US spelling of smoulder
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