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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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"
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Translations

Semite

[ˈsiːmaɪt] Nsemita mf
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Semite

nSemit m, → Semitin f
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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.
Meanwhile, the holy alliance between Semite and anti-Semite thrives, not just in the United States but in Britain as well.
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They cannot call you an anti-Semite, Palestinian sympathizer perhaps, not an anti Semite. The Wall Street Journal reporter who was present at the reading asked, Where would you, a gay Jewish man, feel safer, Haifa or Hebron?
(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.
VIRILE PALESTINIAN SEMITE. Exotic looks & curly hair.
Arab Semite diasporas are as unwelcome by the West now as Jewish ones were in World War Two.
A clueless anti Semite attacked the Jewish State on the web in an article with the above title, reviewing a book called Israeli Occupation.INN staff rebutted.
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This people are historically known as Semite because it traces its ancestry through one of Noah's sons, Shem.