[ sem-i-tiz-uh m or, esp. British, see-mi- ]
/ ˈsɛm ɪˌtɪz əm or, esp. British, ˈsi mɪ- /


Semitic characteristics, especially the ways, ideas, influence, etc., of the Jewish people.
a word or idiom peculiar to, derived from, or characteristic of a Semitic language, especially of Hebrew.

Origin of Semitism

First recorded in 1850–55; Semite + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for semitism

  • Semitism gave them subjects, but the Renaissance gave them Aryan art, and it gave that art to a purely Aryan race.

    Lothair|Benjamin Disraeli
  • But Semitism rallied in the shape of the Reformation, and swept all away.

    Lothair|Benjamin Disraeli