Pronunciation: (sem'i-tiz"um or, esp. Brit., sē'mi-), [key]
1. Semitic characteristics, esp. the ways, ideas, influence, etc., of the Jewish people.
2. a word or idiom peculiar to, derived from, or characteristic of a Semitic language, esp. of Hebrew.
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