Definition of Semitic in English:

Semitic

Line breaks: Sem|it¦ic
Pronunciation: /sɪˈmɪtɪk
 
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adjective

1Relating to or denoting a family of languages that includes Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic and certain ancient languages such as Phoenician and Akkadian, constituting the main subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic family.
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  • Aramaic belongs to the Semitic language group historically centred in the Middle East.
  • Diligently, he traces each letter from the ancient Semitic and Phoenician alphabets through Old English and Norman French, exploring shapes and pronunciation.
  • Arabic derives from the ancient Semitic languages.
2Relating to the peoples who speak Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic.
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  • Some are ethnically Arab, which means that they are Semitic, and speak Arabic.
  • The Semitic mind speaks in terms of beings, beings that embody good and evil.
  • Aramaic was the language of Semitic peoples - the Assyrians, Chaldeans, Hebrews and Syrians.

Origin

from modern Latin Semiticus (see Semite).

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