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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the history, languages, and cultures of the Semitic peoples.

Se·mit′i·cist (-ĭ-sĭst), Sem′i·tist (sĕm′ĭ-tĭst) n.


1. (Peoples) (functioning as singular) the study of Semitic languages and culture
2. (Languages) (functioning as singular) the study of Semitic languages and culture
Semitist n


(səˈmɪt ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the study of Semitic languages, literature, etc.
[1870–75, Amer.]
Sem•i•tist, n.


the study of Semitic languages and culture. — Semitist, Semiticist, n.
See also: Language
the study of Semitic languages and culture. — Semitist, Semiticist, n.
See also: Judaism
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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.
Incidentally, we are never told why Landsberger, who knew many languages, rejected the Comparative Semitics approach.
401-30) surveys the past and potential future contributions that the study of the 30-odd modern South Semitic languages can make to Comparative Semitics.
the so-often redefined and rejected apparent truism that every beginner in Semitics learns, namely that Semitic languages treat consonants differently from vowels, and that consonants carry the lexico-semantic component while vowels serve to form the grammatical component of a word.
We can only trust that this tome, with so many high-quality contributions, will serve as the inspiration to attract new specialists to Semitics.
Direct genealogical relationship, as in the Romance languages, is a rare exception and also for this reason cannot usefully be applied to Semitics.
All the recent discoveries in the Near East, which cover the entire range of Semitic languages, have had an unsurprising by-product: they have shown how tremendous the gaps in our knowledge are and that everything we learn is just the prelude to new problems.
The subjects dealt with are: a survey of the Semitic languages (pp.
Prime sources of information are the older Semitic languages.