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Semitic

[ suh-mit-ik ]
/ səˈmɪt ɪk /
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noun
a subfamily of Afroasiatic languages that includes Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Phoenician. Abbreviations: Sem, Sem.
adjective
of or relating to the Semites or their languages.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Jews; Jewish.
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Origin of Semitic

First recorded in 1810–15; from New Latin Sēmīticus, equivalent to Sēmīt(a) “(a) Semite” + -icus adjective suffix; see origin at Semite, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM Semitic

half-Se·mit·ic, adjectivenon-Se·mit·ic, adjectivepre-Se·mit·ic, adjective, nounpseu·do-Se·mit·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Semitic

Semitic

less commonly Shemitic

/ (sɪˈmɪtɪk) /

noun
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
adjective
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
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Cultural definitions for Semitic

Semitic
[ (suh-mit-ik) ]

A descriptive term for several peoples of the Middle East and their descendants, including Jews (see also Jews) and Arabs (see Arab-Israeli conflict). Today the term is mainly applied to Jews. (See anti-Semitism.)

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