Meaning of Ugaritic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌjuːɡəˈrɪtɪk/


  • Relating to or characteristic of the ancient port and Bronze Age trading city of Ugarit in Northern Syria, its inhabitants, or the language spoken there.

    ‘an indigenous Ugaritic royal tradition’
    • ‘Animal sacrifice was at the heart of Ugaritic ritual.’
    • ‘For some 2000 years both Jewish and Christian commentators understood Ezekiel's Daniel to be Daniel of the Old Testament, not Dan'el of the Ugaritic legends.’
    • ‘Ugaritic myths mention that the father of the gods, El, had a wife called Athirat which means "she who treads upon the sea."’
    • ‘At least two different artistic traditions existed simultaneously within the Ugaritic kingdom during the fourteenth and thirteenth centuries.’
    • ‘The literature dates from the 14th and 13th century B.C., so the Ugaritic material has great importance for biblical studies.’


  • 1A native or inhabitant of the ancient port and Bronze Age trading city of Ugarit in Northern Syria.

    ‘the Ugaritic alphabet’
    • ‘The Ugarites worshipped an elaborate pantheon in which the Rephaim, the departed spirits of their ancestors, held special powers.’
    • ‘He inclines to the belief that the Ugarites got the idea of the alphabet from Phoenician users who were developing the Sinai script.’
    • ‘The word 'Semite' comes from the name 'Shem', one of Noah's sons, and encompasses Akkadinas, Eblaites, Ugarites, Canaanites, ...’
    • ‘"West Semitic" is a better term for the language also spoken by Ugarites, Edomites, Moabites, Ammonites, and Aramaeans.’
    • ‘A substantial number of biblical scholars have invested much energy in demonstrating parallels between the religions of the Ugarites and of the Israelites.’
    • ‘Like the Babylonians and Ugaritics, the Hebrews believed that the dead lived in a subterranean realm.’
    • ‘The Phoenicians used 'sufets' to govern their cities, the Ugaritics had 'shptn' for a similar role in government, and the Assyrians appointed high officials called 'shapitum'.’
    • ‘Greeks, Hebrews, Ugaritics, and Hittites all had rituals of this [scapegoat] type.’
    • ‘It has been proven that the earliest civilizations used henna, including the Ugaritics and Canaanites.’
    • ‘Just like in the Vedic system, the Ugaritics, a people closely related to the Phoenicians and the Hebrews, had 33 gods.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A pre-Phoenician Semitic language, examples of which were first discovered at the site of Ugarit.
      ‘the Ugaritic alphabet’
      • ‘Ugaritic is the language of the texts discovered in Ugarit in Syria.’
      • ‘The bulk of the text are direct translations of those works, presented in parallel with transliterations of the Ugaritic.’
      • ‘This will list the basic words that appear in these languages, except for Ugaritic which was discovered later.’
      • ‘The languages of these cuneiform tablets is primarily Akkadian, Sumerian and Ugaritic (the last being an unknown language before 1928).’
      • ‘The fact that the word 'hekal' was used in Ugaritic suggests that it was brought over to the Canaanite branch quite early.’