Occident

Occident

[ok-si-duhnt]
noun
1.
the Occident.
a.
the West; the countries of Europe and America.
2.
(lowercase) the west; the western regions.

Origin:
Middle English < Middle French < Latin occident- (stem of occidēns) present participle of occidere to fall, (of the sun) to set, equivalent to oc- oc- + cid- (combining form of cadere to fall) + -ent- -ent

accident, Occident.
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occident (ˈɒksɪdənt)
 
n
a literary or formal word for west Compare orient
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin occidere to fall, go down (with reference to the setting sun); see occasion]

Occident (ˈɒksɪdənt)
 
n
1.  the countries of Europe and America
2.  the western hemisphere

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occident
late 14c., from O.Fr. occident (12c.), from L. occidentem (nom. occidens) "western sky, part of the sky in which the sun sets," originally "setting" (adj.), prp. of occidere "fall down, go down" (see occasion).
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