noun (used with a singular verb)
Definition for semitics (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for semitics
After having occupied for twenty years the chair of Semitics at the university of Leipzig, he retired to Prostnitz.Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ|Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
These Semitics remembered their old allies, now in the desert, and besought them for aid.
They again were probably not Semitics but of the Aryan race.
Sufficient evidence goes to show that they worshipped many gods in the beginning, as did other Semitics.
British Dictionary definitions for semitics (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for semitics (2 of 2)
less commonly Shemitic
Word Origin and History for semitics
1797, denoting the language group that includes Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Assyrian, etc.; 1826 as "of or pertaining to Semites," from Medieval Latin Semiticus (source of Spanish semitico, French semitique, German semitisch), from Semita (see Semite). As a noun, as the name of a linguistic family, from 1813. In non-linguistic use, perhaps directly from German semitisch. In recent use often with the specific sense "Jewish," but not historically so limited.
Culture definitions for semitics
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.)