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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 branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family 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.]
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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
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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]
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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"
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Translations

Semitic

[sɪˈmɪtɪk] ADJsemítico
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Semitic

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

adjsemitisch
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Semitic

[sɪˈmɪtɪk] adj (language) → semitico/a; (people) → semita
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References in periodicals archive ?
If the Israeli ambassador wants to use ancient coins to get a sense of time and place, he should consider augmenting his one-coin collection with a few common coins used by the ancient Semites of Palestine and the Galilee.
Bailey, "The Cosmology of the Ancient Semites," in his Genesis, Creation and Creationism (New York: Paulist Press, 1993), 172-85; John H.
The ancient Semites were known for an interest in the equinoxes --the major Hebrew festivals came at the equinoxes, for example--but this would be the first evidence of an interest in the solstices.

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