Asiatic


Asiatic
Asian, Asiatic
1. Both words are pronounced with -s- as in measure or as -sh-. In AmE the first is far more common.
2. In the second half of the 20c Asian (a slightly older word) has replaced Asiatic, as noun and adjective, when the reference is ethnic, because Asiatic is thought to have depreciatory overtones. In BrE Asian is also used with reference to people from Asia, especially the Indian subcontinent, or their descendants, living in Britain.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • asiatic — ASIÁTIC, Ă, asiatici, ce, s.m. şi f., adj. 1. s.m. şi f. Persoană care face parte din una dintre populaţiile de bază ale Asiei sau care este originară din Asia. 2. adj. Care aparţine Asiei sau populaţiei ei, privitor la Asia sau la populaţia ei.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Asiatic — A si*at ic, a. [L. Asiaticus, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Asia or to its inhabitants. n. A native, or one of the people, of Asia. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Asiatic — (adj.) 1630s, from L. Asiaticus (surname of L. Corn. Scipio), from Gk. Asiatikos, from Asia (see ASIA (Cf. Asia); also Cf. ASIAN (Cf. Asian)). As a noun, by 1763. In ancient Rome, Asiatici oratores was florid and overly ornate prose …   Etymology dictionary

  • Asiatic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Asia …   English terms dictionary

  • Asiatic — [ā΄zhē at′ik, ā΄zēat′ik; ] chiefly Brit [, ā΄shēat′ik] adj., n. ASIAN: now often a mild term of contempt or disparagement …   English World dictionary

  • Asiatic — [[t]e͟ɪʒiæ̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Asiatic means belonging or relating to Asia or its people. [OLD FASHIONED] ...his placid Asiatic face. Syn: Asian …   English dictionary

  • Asiatic — [ˌeɪʃɪ atɪk, ˌeɪzɪ ] adjective relating to or deriving from Asia. Usage Asiatic can be offensive when referring to individual people: use Asian instead. However, Asiatic is standard in scientific and technical use …   English new terms dictionary

  • Asiatic — adjective Date: 1602 sometimes offensive Asian • Asiatic noun, sometimes offensive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Asiatic — A|si|at|ic [ ,eıʒi ætık, ,eızi ætık ] adjective TECHNICAL relating to Asia or its culture: Asiatic porcelain …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Asiatic — UK [ˌeɪʃɪˈætɪk] / UK [ˌeɪʒɪˈætɪk] / US [ˌeɪʒɪˈætɪk] / US [ˌeɪzɪˈætɪk] adjective art relating to Asia or its culture Asiatic porcelain …   English dictionary