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sic

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\ˈsik\

Definition of sic

  1. chiefly Scottish variant of such




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sic

transitive verb \ˈsik\

Simple Definition of sic

  • : to attack (someone or something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sic

sicced

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sicked

play \ˈsikt\

siccing

also

sicking

  1. 1 :  chase, attack —usually used as a command especially to a dog <sic 'em>

  2. 2 :  to incite or urge to an attack, pursuit, or harassment :  set <sicced their lawyers on me>

Examples of sic in a sentence

  1. <commanded the pit bull to sic 'em>



Variants of sic

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sick

play \ˈsik\

Origin and Etymology of sic

alteration of seek


First Known Use: 1845


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sic

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adverb \ˈsik, ˈsēk\

Definition of sic

  1. :  intentionally so written —used after a printed word or passage to indicate that it is intended exactly as printed or to indicate that it exactly reproduces an original <said he seed [sic] it all>



Did You Know?

The adverb sic, usually enclosed in brackets, is a word editors use in the reproduction of someone else's speech or writing to indicate that an unexpected form exactly reproduces the original and is not a copier's mistake. Sic comes from Latin, in which it means "so" or "thus." Though it's a useful tool, some usage commentators feel it is bad manners to use a sic to needlessly call attention to someone's error or to deride the language of a less-educated person.

Origin and Etymology of sic

Latin, so, thus — more at so


First Known Use: circa 1859



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