a combination of -ite1. and -ic, used to form adjectives from nouns ending in -ite:, Semitic.

< Latin -iticus < Greek -itikos, equivalent to -it(ēs) -ite1 + -ikos -ic; in some words representing French -itique < Latin < Greek, as above Unabridged
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