What does Semitic mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Semiticadjective

    a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family

  2. Semiticadjective

    of or relating to the group of Semitic languages

    "Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"

  3. Semite, Semiticadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Semites

    "Semite peoples"

Wiktionary

  1. Semiticadjective

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. Semiticadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. Semiticadjective

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. Semiticadjective

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

    Etymology: 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.

  5. Semiticnoun

    The Semitic languages in general.

    Etymology: 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. Semiticadjective

    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.]

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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

Examples of Semitic in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Malkin:

    Good riddance to Joy Karega, she was an untenured and unhinged loon whose anti-Semitic diatribes and barely literate social media rantings shamed Oberlin and all of American higher education.

  2. Ben Garrison:

    It is obvious to anyone with common sense I am not anti-Semitic, i have received many emails of support from my Jewish friends. I'm not anti-Semitic merely because the [ Anti-Defamation League ] says I am.

  3. Dani Secemski:

    I thought this was an anti-Semitic statement about the evil situation in the Middle East.

  4. Jane Brady:

    The remarks made by Nelly Jordan, who was elected to Nelly Jordan post by the Sussex County GOP Executive Committee, were offensive, hurtful and anti-Semitic.

  5. Sherrod Brown:

    The President talks about being a populist, but real populism is never racist, real populism is never anti-Semitic. Real populism doesn't divide people. Real populism doesn't push some people down to lift others up.

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