Asiatic

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adjective Asi·at·ic \ ˌā-zhē-ˈa-tik , -zē- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of Asiatic

sometimes offensive

Asiatic

noun, sometimes offensive

asian vs. asiatic

Asian is now solidly preferred to Asiatic; the latter persists mainly in the names of some kinds of flora and fauna.
    • an Asiatic lily
    • the Asiatic elephant
Asiatic still has some use as a geographical designator
  • the Asiatic side of the Bosporus
but has increasingly been considered offensive, especially as associated with the policies of colonialism.



ASIATIC Defined for English Language Learners

Asiatic

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Definition of Asiatic for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to Asia


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