Definitions for Semiticsəˈmɪt ɪk
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a family of languages, a branch of the Afroasiatic family, comprising a number of ancient and modern languages of SW Asia and Africa, as Akkadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Amharic.
(adj.)of or pertaining to the Semitic languages or their speakers.
Origin of Semitic:
< NL sēmīticus=sēmīt(a)Semite+-icus -ic
a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family
of or relating to the group of Semitic languages
"Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"
of or relating to or characteristic of Semites
Of or pertaining to a subdivision of Afro-Asiatic Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian, Hebrew, Maltese, Tigrigna, Phoenician etc.
Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.
Of or pertaining to the descendants of Shem, the eldest of three sons of Noah.
In a narrower sense, of or pertaining to the Israeli, Jewish, or Hebrew people.
The Semitic languages in general.
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.
of or pertaining to Shem or his descendants; belonging to that division of the Caucasian race which includes the Arabs, Jews, and related races
In linguistics and ethnology, Semitic was first used to refer to a language family, initially native to West Asia, but which spread to Asia Minor, North Africa, The Horn of Africa and Malta, now called the Semitic languages. This family includes the ancient and modern forms of Ahlamu, Akkadian, Amharic, Amalekite, Ammonite, Amorite, Arabic, Aramaic/Syriac, Canaanite, Assyrian, Chaldean, Eblaite, Edomite, Ge'ez, Old South Arabian, Modern South Arabian, Maltese, Mandaic, Moabite, Proto-Sinaitic, Sutean, Syriac, Tigre and Tigrinya, and Ugaritic, among others. As language studies are interwoven with cultural studies, the term also came to describe the extended cultures and ethnicities, as well as the history of these varied peoples as associated by close geographic and linguistic distribution. Today, the word "Semite" may be used to refer to any member of any of a number of peoples of ancient Middle East including the Akkadians, Assyrians, Arameans, Phoenicians, Hebrews, Arabs, and their descendants.
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