Other definitions for -ics (2 of 2)


  1. a suffix of nouns that denote a body of facts, knowledge, principles, etc., usually corresponding to adjectives ending in -ic or -ical: ethics; physics; politics; tactics.

Origin of -ics

Plural of -ic, representing Latin -ica (<Greek -ika, neuter plural of -ikos), as in rhētórica (plural) rhetoric book

Grammar notes for -ics

Nouns ending in -ics that name fields of study, sciences, arts, professions, or the like are usually not preceded by an article and are used with a singular verb: Acoustics (the science) deals with sound. Politics (the art of government) fascinates me. In certain uses, often when preceded by a determiner like the, his, her, or their, most of these nouns can take a plural verb: The acoustics (the sound-reflecting qualities) of the hall are splendid. Their politics (political opinions) have antagonized everyone.

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British Dictionary definitions for ICS (1 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. Indian Civil Service

British Dictionary definitions for -ics (2 of 2)


suffix forming nouns(functioning as singular)
  1. indicating a science, art, or matters relating to a particular subject: aeronautics; politics

  2. indicating certain activities or practices: acrobatics

Origin of -ics

plural of -ic, representing Latin -ica, from Greek -ika, as in mathēmatika mathematics

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