- a subfamily of Afroasiatic languages that includes Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Phoenician.
- of or relating to the Semites or their languages, especially of or pertaining to the Jews.
Origin of Semitic
Examples from the Web for semitic
We had only been making small talk for a few minutes when he aired his views on the relative attractiveness of Semitic females.Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree
June 17, 2014
Was that the secret to my early joy—that I was the angry Semitic nerd controlling the whole blonde cheerleading squad?Confessions of a Barbie Freak
March 9, 2009
I must sound like a Semitic John McCain, railing against callow Jewish entitlement.Why Sarah Silverman Sucks
October 14, 2008
All this is not specially Semitic, but simply early religion.
When we ask for the common type of working Semitic religion, where are we to look for it?
But in this type of deity the genius of Semitic religion is already expressed.
In various Semitic lands there are also sacred streams and sacred caves.
Neither have we the original texts of the Semitic liturgies, as we have for Egypt.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
less commonly Shemitic
- a branch or subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages that includes Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic, and such ancient languages as Akkadian and Phoenician
- denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
- denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, esp the Jews or the Arabs
- another word for Jewish
Word Origin and History for semitic
1797, denoting the language group that includes Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Assyrian, etc.; 1826 as "of or pertaining to Semites," from Medieval Latin Semiticus (source of Spanish semitico, French semitique, German semitisch), from Semita (see Semite). As a noun, as the name of a linguistic family, from 1813. In non-linguistic use, perhaps directly from German semitisch. In recent use often with the specific sense "Jewish," but not historically so limited.