1 [sik]
verb (used with object), sicked or sicced [sikt] , sicking or siccing.
to attack (used especially in commanding a dog): Sic 'em!
to incite to attack (usually followed by on ).
Also, sick.

1835–45; variant of seek Unabridged


2 [sik]
adjective Chiefly Scot.

1325–75; Middle English (north and Scots); see such


[seek; English sik]
adverb Latin.
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).
sic, sick.


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sic passim

[seek pahs-sim; English sik pas-im]
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]
thus always to tyrants (motto of the State of Virginia).

sic transit gloria mundi

[seek trahn-sit gloh-ri-ah moon-dee; English sik tran-sit glawr-ee-uh muhn-dahy, -dee, glohr-, -zit]
thus passes away the glory of this world. Unabridged
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sic1 (sɪk)
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

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

sic passim (ˈsɪk ˈpæsɪm)
a phrase used in printed works to indicate that a word, spelling, etc, occurs in the same form throughout
[literally: thus everywhere]

sic transit gloria mundi (ˈsɪk ˈtrænsɪt ˈɡlɔːrɪˌɑː ˈmʊndiː)
thus passes the glory of the world

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Word Origin & History

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").

sic transit gloria mundi
c.1600, from L., lit. "thus passes the glory of the world;" perhaps an alteration of a passage in Thomas Á Kempis' "Imitatio Christi" (1471).
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Cultural Dictionary
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.

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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  1. Sicilian

  2. Sicily

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