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Semitic (adj.)

1797, denoting the major language group that includes Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Assyrian, etc., distinguished by triliteral verbal roots and vowel inflection; 1826 as "of or pertaining to Semites," from Medieval Latin Semiticus (source of Spanish semitico, French semitique, German semitisch), from Semita (see Semite).

As a noun, as the name of a linguistic family, from 1813. In non-linguistic use, it is perhaps directly from German semitisch. In recent use often with the specific sense "Jewish," but not historically so delimited.

updated on April 28, 2022

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Definitions of Semitic from WordNet
1
Semitic (adj.)
of or relating to the group of Semitic languages;
Semitic (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of Semites;
Synonyms: Semite
2
Semitic (n.)
a major branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family;
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