Origin of italic
Examples from the Web for italics
“The first step is to raise average (not marginal) tax rates on upper-income taxpayers,” [my italics] Hubbard wrote.Fiscal Cliff Hostage Situation: Should the Rich Get Soaked?|Daniel Gross|November 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
[Italics added] The slogan "Get your government off my Medicare" is ludicrous enough.
He writes (my italics): “The Prime Minister … did no more than wish him well in his bid ...” Why “did no more”?
The italics are Hoberman's, but the words would be shocking in any typeface.
In this sentence all the passages in Italics are of Spanish origin.
When a word in italics is followed by "'s" the latter may or may not be italicised.The Protestants Plea for a Socinian|Abraham Woodhead
Observe these definitions,—they are of much importance,—and connect with them the sentences in italics on this and the next page.The Crown of Wild Olive|John Ruskin
The omissions and mistakes of your correspondent (which you will perceive are important) are marked in Italics above.
A dash rule represents the italics immediately preceding it.Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1|Michael Faraday
British Dictionary definitions for italics (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for italics (2 of 2)
Word Origin for italic
Word Origin and History for italics
1610s (adj.), 1670s (n.) "italic type," from Latin italicus "Italian" (see Italian); so called because it was introduced in 1501 by Aldus Manutius, printer of Venice (who also gave his name to Aldine), and first used in an edition of Virgil dedicated to Italy. Earlier (1570s) the word was used for the plain, sloping style of handwriting, as opposed to Gothic. Related: Italics.
Culture definitions for italics
Slanted letters that look like this: We the people. Italics are most often used to emphasize certain words, to indicate that they are in a foreign language, or to set off the title of a literary or artistic work.