beseem

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v beseem accord or comport with "This kind of behavior does not suit a young woman!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Beseem Literally: To appear or seem (well ill best, etc.) for (one) to do or to have. Hence: To be fit, suitable, or proper for, or worthy of; to become; to befit. "A duty well beseeming the preachers.""What form of speech or behavior beseemeth us, in our prayers to God ?"
    • v. i Beseem To seem; to appear; to be fitting. "As beseemed best."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • beseem To seem.
    • beseem To be seemly; be meet.
    • beseem To become; be fit for or worthy of.
    • beseem To seem fit for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Beseem be-sēm′ to be seemly or fit for: to become: to be fit for or worthy of:
    • v.t Beseem be-sēm′ (Spens.) to become or appear
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. be-, + seem,

Usage

In literature:

Wash out the lie in blood, As it beseems you!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
He stood in the uniform of his country, made for manly men, and beseeming only such.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
For it ill beseemes thee, thou false churles sonne, To carry her forth of this towne!
"Ballads of Romance and Chivalry" by Frank Sidgwick
Poverty and labour beseem me!
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
Prince Memnon's sister might beseem.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
It beseemed them not, and they had not the power.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
But see that they are treated as beseems them; if not, woe to you.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Besides, it rested with me to keep her cheerful and merry, as beseemed her age.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
It ill beseems a gentleman to pain one so fair, as we may again remark; but by heaven!
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
It was all done in a decent, sombre, useful, money-making way, as beseemed the remains of such a man.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Nor will the shield, embossed with the form of the great globe, beseem a dastard left hand, and one formed for theft.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Such a bold beginning is ill-beseeming.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Beseems that Her Grace cares naught for the courtiers.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
It was a deed of valour, and you've dress'd it In well-beseeming terms.
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
She is more futile than a sprite beseems; but she is distinctly 'nice.
"Sir Walter Scott" by George Saintsbury
The poorer classes treat the universal subject lightly, as beseems men who have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Thus reassured, Elster arose, and from that time forward performed her part as beseemed the mother of the sufferer.
"The Red Moccasins" by Morrison Heady
But doth feeble prose beseem inspired lips?
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
You shall yield me this lady, or pay dearly for it; for it does not beseem a kitchen page to ride with a lady of high degree.
"Historic Tales, Vol. XIII (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It would not beseem my insignificance to intrude upon him now.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
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In poetry:

The very clouds above beseem to me
Like spirits wander'd from a higher day,
Who, seeing all the joy that now I see,
Drop down a tear or two, then glide away.
"Oh, Glorious Time!" by Alexander Anderson
Then bear thyself, O man!
Up to the scale and compass of thy guest;
Soul of thy soul.
Be great as doth beseem
The ambassador who bears
The royal presence where he goes.
"Gnothi Seauton" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
They as participants fought in such wise as was taught,
As beseemed the old days of the dragons,
When you led to the dance and defended with lance
The damsel you pledged in your flagons.
"The Blue And Gray" by Eugene Field
O Justice! O Charity! mix well your powers
To judge a just judgment of lives such as ours,—
Fated? — not quite,— though more like it, beseems,
Than moralists own, or theology dreams.
"Bond Or Free? A Double Thought" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Beseems it such, with honour crown'd,
To deal its lucid beams around,
Nor equal meed receive;
At most such garlands from the field,
As cowslips, pinks, and pansies, yield,
And rural hands can weave.
"A Pastoral Ode. To the Hon. Sir Richard Lyttleton" by William Shenstone
The brightness of thy hope and strength and fame,
Like some proud ship that led the fleet so long,
Beseems to-day a wreck, driven by the gale—a mastless hulk;
And 'mid its teeming, madden'd, half-drown'd crowds,
Nor helm nor helmsman.
"O Star Of France" by Walt Whitman