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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
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British Dictionary definitions for sic on

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
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Word Origin and History for sic on
sic
1887, insertion in printed quotation to call attention to error in the original, from L. sic "so, thus," related to si "if," from PIE base *so- "this, that" (cf. O.E. sio "she").
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sic on 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].’”

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Related Abbreviations for sic on

SIC

standard industry classification
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