[ih-tal-ik, ahy-tal-]
designating or pertaining to a style of printing types in which the letters usually slope to the right, patterned upon a compact manuscript hand, and used for emphasis, to separate different kinds of information, etc.: These words are in italic type.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Italy, especially ancient Italy or its tribes.
Often, italics. italic type.
(initial capital letter) a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, including ancient Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, and modern Romance.

1555–65; < Latin Italicus < Greek Italikós, equivalent to Ital(ía) Italy + -ikos -ic

non-Italic, adjective, noun Unabridged
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italic (ɪˈtælɪk)
1.  Also: Italian of, relating to, or denoting a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
2.  Compare roman a style of printing type modelled on this, chiefly used to indicate emphasis, a foreign word, etc
3.  (often plural) italic type or print
[C16 (after an edition of Virgil (1501) printed in Venice and dedicated to Italy): from Latin Italicus of Italy, from Greek Italikos]

Italic (ɪˈtælɪk)
1.  a branch of the Indo-European family of languages that includes many of the ancient languages of Italy, such as Venetic and the Osco-Umbrian group, Latin, which displaced them, and the Romance languages
2.  denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages, esp the extinct ones

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Word Origin & History

1612, from L. italicus "Italian;" so called because it was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, printer of Venice (who also gave his name to Aldine), and first used in an edition of Virgil dedicated to Italy. Earlier (1571) the word was used for the plain, sloping style of handwriting, as opposed to
Gothic. Italicize "to print in italics" (for emphasis, etc.) is from 1795.
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Cultural Dictionary

italics definition

Slanted letters that look like this: We the people. Italics are most often used to emphasize certain words, to indicate that they are in a foreign language, or to set off the title of a literary or artistic work.

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Example sentences
The options are limited to using pre-formatted lists and inserting bold,
  italics and links.
Use some italics, mockingly using his own logic against him.
All the words in italics are necessary for this form of motion, and are not
  subject to amendment.
Additions to and changes in the list since then appear in bold italics.
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