Definition of Arabist in English:

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Arabist

Pronunciation: /ˈerəbəst/

noun

1A person who studies Arabic civilization or language.
Example sentences
  • In casting off Western civilization, Thesiger gained admittance to one of the most elite and self-consciously literary tribes in modern English writing - the British Arabists.
  • He is among the best of the Western reporters now in the Middle East in part because he is an Arabist.
  • Traveller, Arabist, and great Victorian outsider, Burton joined the Indian army in 1842.
1.1A person who supports Arab nationalism or political interests.
Example sentences
  • However, in a deeply philosophical sense, the actions of both the Arabists in the Arab world and the Unionists in Turkey were an expression of a larger problem: the decay and final disintegration of the Ottoman empire.
  • Napoleon hired a group of Arabs and Arabists who would translate a series of pronouncements.
  • Too bad his analysis is rejected, out of hand, by most Arabists.

adjective

Relating to Arabic civilization or language.

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Syllabification: Ar·ab·ist

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