beseem

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Etymology[edit]

From be- + seem.

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beseem (third-person singular simple present beseems, present participle beseeming, simple past and past participle beseemed)

  1. (archaic, transitive and intransitive) To appear, seem, look (with some qualifying word).
    This inn beseems well for a weary traveller.
  2. (archaic, transitive and intransitive) To be appropriate or creditable (without qualifying word).
    • Clarendon
      a duty well beseeming the preachers
    • Hooker
      What form of speech or behavior beseemeth us, in our prayers to God?
    • 1819: “Lady,” said Cedric, “this beseems not; were further pledge necessary, I myself, offended, and justly offended, as I am, would yet gage my honour for the honour of Ivanhoe.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

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