What does Semitic mean?

Definitions for Semiticsəˈmɪt ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Semitic(adj)

    a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family

  2. Semitic(adj)

    of or relating to the group of Semitic languages

    "Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"

  3. Semite, Semitic(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

    "Semite peoples"

Wiktionary

  1. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to a subdivision of Afro-Asiatic Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian, Hebrew, Maltese, Tigrigna, Phoenician etc.

  2. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.

  3. Semitic(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the descendants of Shem, the eldest of three sons of Noah.

  4. Semitic(Adjective)

    In a narrower sense, of or pertaining to the Israeli, Jewish, or Hebrew people.

  5. Semitic(ProperNoun)

    The Semitic languages in general.

  6. Origin: From the English Semite, an 18th century ethnological label from the semitisch, Σημ, from the שֵׂם, the name of the eldest son of Noah in biblical tradition (Genesis 5.32, 6.10, 10.21), considered the forefather of the Semitic peoples. Perhaps derived from the Akkadian šumu, name or son.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semitic(adj)

    of or pertaining to Shem or his descendants; belonging to that division of the Caucasian race which includes the Arabs, Jews, and related races

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Semitic

    sem-it′ik, adj. pertaining to the Semites, or supposed descendants of Shem, or their language, customs, &c.—also Shemit′ic.—ns. Sem′ite; Semitisā′tion.—v.t. Sem′itise, to render Semitic in language or religion.—ns. Sem′itism, a Semitic idiom; Sem′itist, a Hebrew scholar.—Semitic languages, Assyrian, Aramean, Hebrew, Phœnician, together with Arabic and Ethiopic. [Applied by J. G. Eichhorn in 1817 to the closely allied peoples represented in Gen. x. as descended from Shem.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Semitic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Semitic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Francois Hollande:

    This was an appalling anti-Semitic act that was committed.

  2. Avigdor Lieberman:

    Civilized, politically correct Europe's silence over a anti-Semitic, neighborhood bully like Erdogan and his gang takes us back to the 1930s, we have to tell the truth and speak plainly, put it on the table.

  3. Angela Merkel:

    We will prosecute anti-Semitic crimes by all legal means, and attacks on mosques will be prosecuted rigorously, because we won't be divided by those using Islamist terrorism to cast suspicion on all Muslims in Germany.

  4. Ianir Milevski:

    We have no writing during that period so we know little about them, we do not know what language they spoke but we assume it was an early Semitic language, from which Babylonian and Akkadian evolved and later also Hebrew and Arabic.

  5. John Mearsheimer:

    She has admitted she was not hostile to the Nazis before 1940. She says she was anti-Nazi after 1940, but has produced no evidence that she criticized the Nazis then. She wrote anti-Semitic words in 1938–41, and there is no evidence she was compelled to write them. Queried on her anti-Semitic writings, she told me: "I have never written anything in my life that I did not believe to be true.

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