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[uh-key-dee-uh n, uh-kah-]
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noun, adjective
  1. Akkadian.


or Ac·ca·di·an

[uh-key-dee-uh n, uh-kah-]
  1. the eastern Semitic language, now extinct, of Assyria and Babylonia, written with a cuneiform script.
  2. one of the Akkadian people.
  3. Obsolete. Sumerian.
  1. of or belonging to Akkad.
  2. of or relating to the eastern Semitic language called Akkadian.
  3. Obsolete. Sumerian.

Origin of Akkadian

First recorded in 1850–55; Akkad + -ian
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Examples from the Web for accadian

Historical Examples

  • The Accadian conceived of the earth as resembling a huge, inverted bowl.

    The World's Progress, Vol. I (of X)


  • A large portion of it was translated from Accadian originals.

    Assyria, Its Princes, Priests and People

    A. H. (Archibald Henry) Sayce

  • In the Accadian language it was called Dilkur, “the dawn proclaimer.”

  • But for any real information as to Chinese origins we are indebted to recent discoveries of Accadian records.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

  • M. François Lenormant has written an extremely instructive chapter in comparison of the Accadian and the Finnish mythologies.

    Demonology and Devil-lore

    Moncure Daniel Conway

British Dictionary definitions for accadian



  1. a member of an ancient Semitic people who lived in central Mesopotamia in the third millennium bc
  2. the extinct language of this people, belonging to the E Semitic subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family
  1. of or relating to this people or their language
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Word Origin and History for accadian


1855, from Akkad (Sumerian Agde, Biblical Acca), name of city founded by Sargon I in northern Babylonia, of unknown origin; applied by modern scholars to the east Semitic language spoken there (c.2300-2100 B.C.E.) and preserved in cuneiform inscriptions.

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