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sic

\ ˈsik \

Definition of sic

  • chiefly Scottish variant of

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sic

verb \ ˈsik \
variants: or less commonly sick

Definition of sic

sicced also sicked play \ˈsikt\; siccing also sicking
transitive verb
1 :chase, attack usually used as a command especially to a dog
  • sic 'em
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”

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Origin and Etymology of sic

alteration of seek


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sic

adverb \ ˈsik , ˈsēk \

Definition of sic

: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


SIC Defined for English Language Learners

sic

verb

Definition of sic for English Language Learners

  • : to attack (someone or something)


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