Semite


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Sem·ite

 (sĕm′īt′)
n.
1. A member of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Hebrews, Phoenicians, and many of the peoples of Ethiopia.
2. A Jew.
3. Bible A descendant of Shem.

[Back-formation from Semitic.]

Semite

(ˈsiːmaɪt) or less commonly

Shemite

n
1. (Peoples) a member of the group of Caucasoid peoples who speak a Semitic language, including the Jews and Arabs as well as the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians, and Phoenicians
2. (Peoples) another word for a Jew
[C19: from New Latin sēmīta descendant of Shem, via Greek Sēm, from Hebrew Shem]

Sem•ite

(ˈsɛm aɪt; esp. Brit. ˈsi maɪt)

n.
1. a member of a people speaking a Semitic language.
2. a member of any of the peoples descended from Shem, the eldest son of Noah.
[1870–75; < New Latin sēmīta < Late Latin Sēm (< Greek Sḗm < Hebrew Shēm Shem) + -īta -ite1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Semite - a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern AfricaSemite - a member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Middle East and northern Africa
Caucasian, White, White person - a member of the Caucasoid race
Babylonian - an inhabitant of ancient Babylon
Chaldaean, Chaldean, Chaldee - an inhabitant of ancient Chaldea
Assyrian - an inhabitant of ancient Assyria
Phoenician - a member of an ancient Semitic people who dominated trade in the first millennium B.C.
Arab, Arabian - a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa
Aramaean, Aramean - a member of one of a group of Semitic peoples inhabiting Aram and parts of Mesopotamia from the 11th to the 8th century BC
Canaanite - a member of an ancient Semitic people who occupied Canaan before it was conquered by the Israelites
Adj.1.Semite - of or relating to or characteristic of Semites; "Semite peoples"
Translations

Semite

[ˈsiːmaɪt] Nsemita mf

Semite

nSemit m, → Semitin f
References in classic literature ?
And they could all see the point except an owl that come from Nova Scotia to visit the Yo Semite, and he took this thing in on his way back.
He went by the name of Said, and was notable among other Semites for that unnatural length of his yellow face and height of his narrow forehead which is sometimes seen among them, and gave an irrational impression of something sinister, in spite of his agreeable smile.
Arab Semite diasporas are as unwelcome by the West now as Jewish ones were in World War Two.
They cannot call you an anti-Semite, Palestinian sympathizer perhaps, not an anti Semite.
1) This was more than a passing nod to a subject outside of what he was writing about; on the contrary, long, detailed passages in Orientalism make it clear that the construction of the Semite was at the core of what Said was writing about.
Petite Palestinian looking for fellow semite in order to return to Israel & breed in the Holy Land.
This people are historically known as Semite because it traces its ancestry through one of Noah's sons, Shem.
A clueless anti Semite attacked the Jewish State on the web in an article with the above title, reviewing a book called Israeli Occupation.
CDATA[ A clueless anti Semite attacked the Jewish State on the web in an article with the above title, reviewing a book called Israeli Occupation.
According to my dictionary, Merriam-Webster, a Semite is: ``a member of any number of people of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs.
I find this very strange because according to my dictionary, Merriam-Webster, a Semite is: ``a member of any number of people of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs.