Archaic to be suitable or appropriate (to): what appears to be the direct object of the verb (e.g., him in “it ill beseems him”) is really the indirect object
Origin of beseemMiddle English bisemen: see be- and seem
transitive verbbe·seemed, be·seem·ing, be·seems Archaic
To be appropriate for; befit.
Origin of beseemMiddle English bisemen bi- be- semen to seem ; see seem .
(third-person singular simple present beseems, present participle beseeming, simple past and past participle beseemed)
- (archaic, transitive and intransitive) To appear, seem, look (with some qualifying word).
- This inn beseems well for a weary traveller.
- (archaic, transitive and intransitive) To be appropriate or creditable (without qualifying word).
- 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
From be- + seem.