Origin of Semite
Examples from the Web for semite
These two names (Aryan and Semite), then, signify today rather two groups of peoples than two distinct races.History Of Ancient Civilization|Charles Seignobos
In such material products the eye at once detects the Semite's readiness to avail himself of foreign models.
His force diminished, his numbers lessened, and the subjugated Semite increased in strength.Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations|Archibald Sayce
In spite of his proto-Semitic strain, the ancient Egyptian himself never became a Semite.
One rather wonders whether Noah was a Semite as well as his eldest son, and whether these laws really go back as early as Shem.
less commonly Shemite
Word Origin for Semite
1847, "a Jew, Arab, Assyrian, or Aramaean" (an apparently isolated use from 1797 refers to the Semitic language group), back-formation from Semitic or else from French Sémite (1845), from Modern Latin Semita, from Late Latin Sem "Shem," one of the three sons of Noah (Gen. x:21-30), regarded as the ancestor of the Semites (in old Bible-based anthropology), from Hebrew Shem. In modern sense said to have been first used by German historian August Schlözer in 1781.