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smoldering

[ smohl-der ]SEE DEFINITION OF smoldering

Synonyms for smoldering

  • boil
  • erupt
  • explode
  • fester
  • seethe
  • bubble
  • churn
  • consume
  • ferment
  • fulminate
  • fume
  • smoke
  • steam
  • stir
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Antonyms for smoldering

  • be happy
  • freeze
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SMOLDERING

There seemed to be a smoldering hate back of the light in those eyes.

He pushed a smoldering log with his foot toward the remnants of the embers.

His eyes seemed to be smoldering like embers just ready to blaze.

Fires were smoldering in many parts and not a house was left intact.

The speed of the towing had fanned the smoldering destruction.

It was a simple matter of touching off the smoldering tinder.

Melissy recalled the smoldering admiration in his bold eyes.

On the cornice of the roof above her a glowing ember was smoldering dangerously.

The brand Jas' had hurled was smoldering on Boyd's blankets.

Hence the smoldering hickory that was like a breath from a far past.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300 (implied in smoldering), "to smother, suffocate," related to Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen, Flemish smoel "hot," from Proto-Germanic *smel-, *smul-. The intransitive meaning "burn and smoke without flame" is first recorded 1520s, fell from use 17c. (though smoldering persisted in poetry) and was revived 19c. Figurative sense "exist in a suppressed state; burn inwardly" is from 1810. Related: Smouldered; smolderingly. Middle English also had a noun smolder meaning "smoky vapor, a stifling smoke."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SMOLDERING

blazing

adjectiveon fire
  • ablaze
  • afire
  • aflame
  • fiery
  • flaming
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dormant

adjectiveinactive; sleeping
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