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[ey-zhee-at-ik, ey-shee-, ey-zee-] /ˌeɪ ʒiˈæt ɪk, ˌeɪ ʃi-, ˌeɪ zi-/
noun, Usually Offensive.
an Asian person.
Origin of Asiatic
1625-35; < Latin Asiāticus < Greek Asiātikos. See Asia, -tic
Related forms
Asiatically, adverb
half-Asiatic, adjective
non-Asiatic, adjective, noun
pro-Asiatic, adjective
trans-Asiatic, adjective
Can be confused
Asian, Asiatic, Oriental (see usage note at Asian)
Usage note
See Asian. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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/ˌeɪʃɪˈætɪk; -zɪ-/
noun, adjective
a word formerly used for Asian
Usage note
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

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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