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Occident

[ok-si-duh nt] /ˈɒk sɪ dənt/
noun
1.
the Occident.
  1. the West; the countries of Europe and America.
  2. Western Hemisphere.
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
Can be confused
accident, Occident.
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British Dictionary definitions for Occident

occident

/ˈɒksɪdənt/
noun
1.
a literary or formal word for west Compare orient
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin occidere to fall, go down (with reference to the setting sun); see occasion

Occident

/ˈɒksɪdənt/
noun
1.
the countries of Europe and America
2.
the western hemisphere
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Word Origin and History for Occident
n.

late 14c., "western part" (of the heavens or earth), from Old French occident (12c.) or directly from Latin occidentem (nominative occidens) "western sky, sunset, part of the sky in which the sun sets," noun use of adjective meaning "setting," from present participle of occidere "fall down, go down" (see occasion (n.)).

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