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


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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
standard industry classification
  1. Sicilian

  2. Sicily

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Example sentences
Scientists have long sought ways to sic the body's own immune system on cancer cells.
Supplement their diet with snails and sic them on the bugs in your orchard.
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