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sic

1 [sik]
verb (used with object), sicked or sicced [sikt] , 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:
1835–45; variant of seek

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sic1 (sɪk)
 
adv
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
 
[Latin]

sic2 (sɪk)
 
vb , sics, sicking, sicked
1.  to turn on or attack: used only in commands, as to a dog
2.  to urge (a dog) to attack
 
[C19: dialect variant of seek]

sic3 (sɪk)
 
determiner, —adv
a Scot word for such

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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 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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standard industry classification
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