Definition of Hamite in English:



  • A member of a group of North African peoples, including the ancient Egyptians and Berbers, supposedly descended from Ham, son of Noah.

    ‘The Hamitic Hypothesis stated unequivocally that anything of value found in Africa was brought in by the Hamites who were allegedly a branch of the Caucasian race.’
    • ‘The Japhetites were considered to inhabit Europe; the Shemites resided in the region of the Pacific Ocean and the Near East; the Hamites were to be found in Africa.’
    • ‘Ham was to be the servant of Shem and Japheth, and Hamites have been the slaves of the world ever since.’
    • ‘The Nilots and Hamites blended in the Nile Valley, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia to form this distinct group.’
    • ‘He was a Hamite, but Confucius was not a philosopher; he was a teacher of practical ethics.’
    • ‘Israel was the ‘land of Canaan’ before and the Canaanites would have also been Hamites.’
    • ‘There are good Hamites and bad Israelites; the ‘Hebrewgram,’ as Sternberg terms it, is constantly shifting.’
    • ‘The process of the whitening of the Hamite was achieved by the manipulation of what had been previously sacred, unalterable religious doctrine by placing the so-called curse on Canaan and not Ham.’
    • ‘For example, it seems logical to call the descendants of Ham Hamites, as the descendants of Shem are called Shemites.’
    • ‘The Hamites and Semites developed their languages in a common primeval home.’
    • ‘Hiram of Tyre, a Hamite, pitches in to help Solomon.’
    • ‘The New Hamite view is a 19th-century view that holds that Hamites were all white rather than black with the possible exception of Cush.’



/ˈhamīt/ /ˈhæmaɪt/