1625–35; < LatinAsiāticus < GreekAsiātikos. 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, adjectiveCan be confusedAsianAsiaticOriental (see usage note at Asian)
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.