Semitics



noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of Semitic languages, literature, etc.
noun
1.
a subfamily of Afroasiatic languages that includes Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Phoenician.
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Semites or their languages, especially of or pertaining to the Jews.
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of Semitic languages and culture
noun
1.
a branch or subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages that includes Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Amharic, and such ancient languages as Akkadian and Phoenician
adjective
2.
denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages
3.
denoting, belonging to, or characteristic of any of the peoples speaking a Semitic language, esp the Jews or the Arabs
4.
another word for Jewish
Semitic [(suh-mit-ik)]

A descriptive term for several peoples of the Middle East and their descendants, including Jews and Arabs (see Arab-Israeli conflict). Today the term is mainly applied to Jews. (See anti-Semitism.)

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