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[sem-i-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, see-mi-] /ˈsɛm ɪˌtɪz əm or, esp. British, ˈsi mɪ-/
Semitic characteristics, especially the ways, ideas, influence, etc., of the Jewish people.
a word or idiom peculiar to, derived from, or characteristic of a Semitic language, especially of Hebrew.
Origin of Semitism
1850-55; Semite + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But Semitism rallied in the shape of the Reformation, and swept all away.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • Semitism gave them subjects, but the Renaissance gave them Aryan art, and it gave that art to a purely Aryan race.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
Word Origin and History for Semitism

1848, "characteristic attributes of Semitic languages;" 1851, "characteristic attributes of Semitic people," from Semite + -ism. From 1870 as "Jewish influence in a society."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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