Origin of -ics
Examples from the Web for ics
Historical Examples of ics
Dietet′ics, rules for regulating diet; Dietet′ist, one who lays stress on diet; Dī′etist, an authority on diet.
Hygroscopic′ity; Hygrostat′ics, the art of measuring degrees of moisture.
Lith′oglyphics, Lithoglypt′ics, the art of engraving on precious stones; Lithog′lyphite, a fossil as if engraved by art.
Gnomon′ics, the art of dialling; Gnomonol′ogy, a treatise on dialling.
If "ologies" and "ics," the lore of school and market, comfort their souls—be it so.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
suffix forming nouns (functioning as singular)
Word Origin for -ics
in the names of sciences or disciplines (acoustics, aerobics, economics, etc.) it represents a 16c. revival of the classical custom of using the neuter plural of adjectives with -ikos (see -ic) to mean "matters relevant to" and also as the titles of treatises about them. Subject matters that acquired their names in English before c.1500, however, tend to remain in singular (e.g. arithmetic, logic).