What does Semitic mean?

Definitions for Semitic
səˈmɪt ɪksemitic

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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"


  1. Semiticadjective

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

  2. Semiticadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.

  3. Semiticadjective

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

  4. Semiticadjective

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

  5. Semiticnoun

    The Semitic languages in general.

  6. 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.


  1. semitic

    Semitic refers to a group of ethnic, cultural, and linguistic people originally from the Middle East, including Arabs, Jews, Assyrians and others. It also denotes the family of languages spoken by these people, such as Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, and Amharic among others. The term is often used more broadly in historical, anthropological, or religious contexts to refer to the civilizations and cultures that developed in the region. It is derived from Shem, one of the sons of Noah in the Bible, from whom these people were traditionally thought to be descended.

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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  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. Yves Boisvert:

    He wasn't a KKK sympathizer. It's not like we discovered youthful anti-Semitic writings.

  2. Stefano Gatti:

    Every time prominent Jews are at the center of media attention in Italy, they get subjected to online anti-Semitic abuse, the anti-Semitic insults come from far-right circles that have a past, and sometimes present, of violence. It's part of their radical rightwing code, this pugnacious attitude.

  3. Yisrael Katz:

    We feel it is misguided and harmful for The Democratic-led House to unilaterally declare a broad range of nonviolent campus criticism of Israel to be anti-Semitic, especially at a time when the prime driver of anti-Semitism in this country is the xenophobic, white nationalist far-right.

  4. Dietmar Woidke:

    It is anti-Semitic, it is xenophobic, and it is one of the intellectual instigators behind the violence, at least indirectly, which we have to deal with in many parts of Germany these days.

  5. Joe Biden:

    We saw Klansmen and white supremacists and neo-Nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by torches, veins bulging, and bearing the fangs of racism, chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 30s.

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