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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 sick 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 sick on

sic

adv.

insertion in printed quotation to call attention to error in the original; Latin, literally "so, thus, in this way," related to or emphatic of si "if," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (cf. Old English sio "she"). Used regularly in English articles from 1876, perhaps by influence of similar use in French (1872).

[I]t amounts to Yes, he did say that, or Yes, I do mean that, in spite of your natural doubts. It should be used only when doubt is natural; but reviewers & controversialists are tempted to pretend that it is, because (sic) provides them with a neat & compendious form of sneer. [Fowler]
Sic passim is "generally so throughout."

v.

"to set upon, attack;" see sick (v.).

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sick 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 sick on

SIC

standard industry classification
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