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sic1

[sik] /sɪk/
verb (used with object), sicked or sicced
[sikt] /sɪkt/ (Show IPA),
sicking or siccing.
1.
to attack (used especially in commanding a dog):
Sic 'em!
2.
to incite to attack (usually followed by on).
Also, sick.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; variant of seek

sic2

[sik] /sɪk/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
1.
such.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English (north and Scots); see such

sic

[seek; English sik] /sik; English sɪk/
adverb, Latin.
1.
so; thus: usually written parenthetically to denote that a word, phrase, passage, etc., that may appear strange or incorrect has been written intentionally or has been quoted verbatim: He signed his name as e. e. cummings (sic).
Can be confused
sic, sick.

SIC

U.S. Government
1.
Standard Industrial Classification: a system used by the federal government to classify business activities for analytical and reporting purposes.

Sic.

1.
2.

sic passim

[seek pahs-sim; English sik pas-im] /sik ˈpɑs sɪm; English sɪk ˈpæs ɪm/
Latin.
1.
so throughout: used especially as a footnote to indicate that a word, phrase, or idea recurs throughout the book being cited.

sic semper tyrannis

[seek sem-per ty-rahn-nis; English sik sem-per ti-ran-is] /sik ˈsɛm pɛr tüˈrɑn nɪs; English sɪk ˈsɛm pər tɪˈræn ɪs/
Latin.
1.
thus always to tyrants (motto of the State of Virginia).

sic transit gloria mundi

[seek trahn-sit gloh-ri-ah moo n-dee; English sik tran-sit glawr-ee-uh muhn-dahy, -dee, glohr-, -zit] /sik ˈtrɑn sɪt ˈgloʊ rɪˌɑ ˈmʊn di; English sɪk ˈtræn sɪt ˈglɔr i ə ˈmʌn daɪ, -di, ˈgloʊr-, -zɪt/
Latin.
1.
thus passes away the glory of this world.
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British Dictionary definitions for sic

sic1

/sɪk/
adverb
1.
so or thus: inserted in brackets in a written or printed text to indicate that an odd or questionable reading is what was actually written or printed
Word Origin
Latin

sic2

/sɪk/
verb (transitive) sics, sicking, sicked
1.
to turn on or attack: used only in commands, as to a dog
2.
to urge (a dog) to attack
Word Origin
C19: dialect variant of seek

sic3

/sɪk/
determiner, adverb
1.
a Scot word for such

sic passim

/ˈsɪk ˈpæsɪm/
uknown
1.
a phrase used in printed works to indicate that a word, spelling, etc, occurs in the same form throughout
Word Origin
literally: thus everywhere

sic transit gloria mundi

/ˈsɪk ˈtrænsɪt ˈɡlɔːrɪˌɑː ˈmʊndiː/
uknown
1.
thus passes the glory of the world
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Word Origin and History for sic
adv.

insertion in printed quotation to call attention to error in the original; Latin, literally "so, thus, in this way," related to or emphatic of si "if," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (cf. Old English sio "she"). Used regularly in English articles from 1876, perhaps by influence of similar use in French (1872).

[I]t amounts to Yes, he did say that, or Yes, I do mean that, in spite of your natural doubts. It should be used only when doubt is natural; but reviewers & controversialists are tempted to pretend that it is, because (sic) provides them with a neat & compendious form of sneer. [Fowler]
Sic passim is "generally so throughout."

v.

"to set upon, attack;" see sick (v.).

sic transit gloria mundi

c.1600, Latin, literally "thus passes the glory of the world;" perhaps an alteration of a passage in Thomas Á Kempis' "Imitatio Christi" (1471).

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sic in Culture

sic definition


A Latin word for “thus,” used to indicate that an apparent error is part of quoted material and not an editorial mistake: “The learned geographer asserts that ‘the capital of the United States is Washingtown [sic].’”

Sic transit gloria mundi [(sik tran-sit glawr-ee-uh moon-dee)]

Latin for “Thus passes away the glory of the world”; worldly things do not last.

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Related Abbreviations for sic

SIC

standard industry classification

Sic.

  1. Sicilian
  2. Sicily
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Idioms and Phrases with sic

sic transit gloria mundi

Nothing on earth is permanent, as in His first three novels were bestsellers and now he can't even find an agent—sic transit gloria mundi. This expression, Latin for “Thus passes the glory of the world,” has been used in English since about 1600, and is familiar enough so that it is sometimes abbreviated to sic transit.
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