Semitic


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Se·mit·ic

 (sə-mĭt′ĭk)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the Semites or their languages or cultures.
2. Of, relating to, or constituting a subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic language group that includes Arabic, Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic.
3. Jewish.
n.
1. The Semitic languages.
2. Any of the Semitic languages.

[New Latin Sēmiticus, from Sēmita, Semite, from Late Latin Sēm, Shem, eponymous ancestor of the Semites, from Greek, from Hebrew Šēm.]

Semitic

(sɪˈmɪtɪk) or less commonly

Shemitic

n
(Languages) 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
adj
1. (Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
2. (Peoples) denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, esp the Jews or the Arabs
3. (Peoples) another word for Jewish

Se•mit•ic

(səˈmɪt ɪk)

n.
1. a family of languages, a branch of the Afroasiatic family, comprising a number of ancient and modern languages of SW Asia and Africa, as Akkadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Amharic.
adj.
2. of or pertaining to the Semitic languages or their speakers.
[< New Latin sēmīticus=sēmīt(a) Semite + -icus -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Semitic - a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language familySemitic - a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
Akkadian - an ancient branch of the Semitic languages
Amharic, Ethiopian language - the dominant and official language of Ethiopia; a Semitic language much influenced by the Cushitic language with which Amhara have been in close contact
Arabic, Arabic language - the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects
Aramaic - a Semitic language originally of the ancient Arameans but still spoken by other people in southwestern Asia
Maltese language, Malti, Maltese - the national language of the Republic of Malta; a Semitic language derived from Arabic but with many loan words from Italian, Spanish, and Norman-French
Canaanitic, Canaanitic language - a group of Semitic languages
Adj.1.Semitic - of or relating to the group of Semitic languages; "Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"
2.Semitic - of or relating to or characteristic of Semites; "Semite peoples"
Translations

Semitic

[sɪˈmɪtɪk] ADJsemítico

Semitic

[sɪˈmɪtɪk]
adj [language] → sémitique
[people] → sémite
(= Jewish) → sémite

Semitic

adjsemitisch

Semitic

[sɪˈmɪtɪk] adj (language) → semitico/a; (people) → semita
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The teaching of the Semitic religions, "Do good to others that you may benefit at their hands," does not occur in their pages, nor any hints of sensuous delights hereafter.
As counter-examples, there are numerous schools of Buddhism, some of which DO offer a type of heaven; and the Confucian ideal of reciprocity can easily be, and often has been, misinterpreted in the same way as Semitic religions.
Hello, King o' Babylon," was Van Horn's greeting, for so he had named him because of fancied Semitic resemblance blended with the crude power that marked his visage and informed his bearing.
The Abyssinians themselves are a fine looking race of black men--tall, muscular, with fine teeth, and regular features, which incline distinctly toward Semitic mold--I refer to the full-blooded natives of Abyssinia.
Palestinians are Semitic for the same linguistic reason - they use a Semitic language.
One paper concerns Berber word order, while the others, on Egyptian or Egyptian and Berber, offer important comparisons with Semitic.
He states, "As a matter of fact, there is no epigraphic evidence whatever for ghayn in Semitic until the LB texts of Ugarit, and it exists nowhere but in Ugaritic and the proto-Arabic language complex" (p.
In an early chapter "In Arabia Before Islam," he documents the centrality of early Christianity among Arabs and, with a keen if muted sense of pride, locates the heart of the Second Century in the original Semitic patriarchates.
Two of them consider links between different Afroasiatic languages, but the others are devoted to Semitic languages.
Phoenico-Punic is defined within the volume as a Northwest Semitic language of the Canaanite branch.
He continued, "What's hard about Semitic languages is not only that they're right to left - but they're bidirectional - mixing directional text on the same line.
Chapter two, "Classification of Semitic," follows Huehnergard's classification of Afroasiatic (using the older hyphenated spelling "Afro-Asiatic") in Roger Woodard's Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages (Cambridge Univ.