Hamitic


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Ha·mit·ic

 (hă-mĭt′ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to the Hamites or their languages or cultures. No longer in technical use.
n.
A presumed language family thought to include Egyptian and the Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic languages. No longer in technical use.

Hamitic

(hæˈmɪtɪk; hə-)
n
(Languages) a group of N African languages related to Semitic. They are now classified in four separate subfamilies of the Afro-Asiatic family: Egyptian, Berber, Cushitic, and Chadic
adj
1. (Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
2. (Peoples) denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of the Hamites

Ham•it•ic

(hæˈmɪt ɪk, hə-)

n.
1. (esp. formerly) the non-Semitic branches of the Afroasiatic language family.
adj.
2. of or pertaining to the Hamites or to Hamitic.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hamitic - a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
Translations

Hamitic

[hæˈmɪtɪk] ADJcamítico

Hamitic

adjhamitisch
References in periodicals archive ?
The developing biblical Hamitic myth, said to be of Babylonian Talmudic origin, assigned Africans the role of servants to other peoples because of Canaan's misdeeds" (29-30).
European scholars still refuse to recognise Egypt, the Nile Valley and the Sudan, as an integral part of Africa by simply classifying the people of those vast areas as a 'hamitic' branch of the 'white race', in spite of evidence that they were always, as they are today, African people.
He begins by rejecting the consensus view that Abraham was born in Ur Kasdim by reasoning that it is illogical that Abraham was born there in the land of the "Chaldeans" because he descended from Semites, yet Chaldea and the entire region of Sumer are Hamitic lands.
Turning to religious practices, Rooney argues, 'At some time in their history, the Polynesians came in contact with the Hamitic race, and throughout the Pacific we find traces of the Cushite cult' (Rooney 1908:620), seeming to forget the impact that Christianity had on very many traditions in Fiji even before his arrival; or perhaps wanting to salvage the honour of contemporaries who continued to align Pacific Island descent with biblical narratives.
But that part about black Jews makes sense, though, because of the Curse of Ham, the good ol' "Hamitic myth."
The Hamitic African is connected to the American African and by extension the humanitas Africana in a way that serves to negate their existences or rather deny acceptance as a capably "civilized" member.
Boas underlines in this sense not the rapidness of the accumulation, but the fact that the dissemination of ideas in various peoples--as long as they stay in contact--takes place regardless of race, language or distance, that is why we ought to bow before the "genius" of all peoples, no matter if we are talking about the Hamitic, Semitic, Aryan (Indo-European) or Mongol nations.
Among specific topics are the Hamitic hypothesis and its origin in time, kingdoms of the savanna, trading states of the oil rivers, from ancient to Islamic cities in sub-Saharan Africa, women as spirit mediums in East Africa, and Islamic law and polemics over race and slavery in North and West Africa from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
Aaron, "Early Rabbinic Exegesis on Noah's Son Ham and the So-Called 'Hamitic Hypothesis,' " Journal of the American Academy of Religion 63 (1995): 724-26.
Although white colonials had imposed Hamitic labels on African blacks, they never thought that some might actually practice the religion of the Hebrews.
This reviewer, for example, was surprised to see no mention of the Hamitic Hypothesis in the chapter on colonialism in Africa (chapter twenty-six) and worries that by tying decolonization in Africa so strongly into the Cold War the role of the African himself is under-represented (chapter twenty-nine).