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Occident

[ ok-si-duhnt ]
/ ˈɒk sɪ dənt /
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noun

the Occident,
  1. the West; the countries of Europe and America.
  2. Western Hemisphere.
(lowercase) the west; the western regions.

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Origin of Occident

Middle English <Middle French <Latin occident- (stem of occidēns) present participle of occidere to fall, (of the sun) to set, equivalent to oc-oc- + cid- (combining form of cadere to fall) + -ent--ent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Occident

accident, Occident
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British Dictionary definitions for Occident (1 of 2)

occident
/ (ˈɒksɪdənt) /

noun

a literary or formal word for west Compare orient

Word Origin for occident

C14: via Old French from Latin occidere to fall, go down (with reference to the setting sun); see occasion

British Dictionary definitions for Occident (2 of 2)

Occident
/ (ˈɒksɪdənt) /

noun the Occident

the countries of Europe and America
the western hemisphere
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