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Asiatic

[ey-zhee-at-ik, ey-shee-, ey-zee-]
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adjective
  1. Asian.
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noun Usually Offensive.
  1. an Asian person.
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Origin of Asiatic

1625–35; < Latin Asiāticus < Greek Asiātikos. See Asia, -tic
Related formsA·si·at·i·cal·ly, adverbhalf-A·si·at·ic, adjectivenon-A·si·at·ic, adjective, nounpro-A·si·at·ic, adjectivetrans-A·si·at·ic, adjective
Can be confusedAsian Asiatic Oriental (see usage note at Asian)

Usage note

See Asian.
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Examples from the Web for asiatic

Historical Examples

  • As is usual in Asiatic warfare, it was considerably pressed.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force

    Sir Winston S. Churchill

  • Of the Asiatic islands Java has the largest and oldest railroad system.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • He hints at 'Asiatic multiplicity,' but this is only when he has taken too much claret.

    James Boswell

    William Keith Leask

  • Her people are endowed with some of the highest qualities of the European and the Asiatic.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • It is neither Asiatic nor mediaeval in its essential character.


British Dictionary definitions for asiatic

Asiatic

noun, adjective
  1. a word formerly used for Asian
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usage

Asiatic is the correct word to use in scientific language when talking about flora, fauna and anthropology, for instance Asiatic lion . Using it as a noun is offensive and old-fashioned
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Word Origin and History for asiatic

Asiatic

adj.

1630s, from Latin Asiaticus (surname of Latin Corn. Scipio), from Greek Asiatikos, from Asia (see Asia; also cf. Asian). As a noun, by 1763. In ancient Rome, Asiatici oratores was florid and overly ornate prose.

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