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Semitic

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA: /sɛˈmɪ.tɪk/, /səˈmɪ.tɪk/, SAMPA: /sE"mI.tIk/, /s@"mI.tIk/,

Etymology

From the English Semite, an 18th century ethnological label derived from the Greek Σημ, Sēm, from the German semitisch, from the Hebrew שֵׂם, Šēm Shem, 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.

Adjective

Semitic (not comparable)

Positive
Semitic

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or pertaining to a subdivision of Afro-Asiatic Semitic languages: Amharic, Arabic, Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian, Hebrew, Maltese, Tigrigna, Phoenician etc.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Semites: Semitic people.
  3. (Biblical) Of or pertaining to the descendants of Shem, the eldest of three sons of Noah.
  4. In a stricter sense, of or pertaining to the Israeli, Jewish, or Hebrew people.

Alternative spellings

Noun

Singular
Semitic

Plural
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Semitic (-)
  1. The Semitic languages in general.

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