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sic

1

or sick

[ sik ]
/ sɪk /
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verb (used with object), sicced or sicked [sikt], /sɪkt/, sic·cing or sick·ing.

to attack (used especially in commanding a dog): Sic 'em!
to incite to attack (usually followed by on).

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Origin of sic

1
First recorded in 1835–45; variant of seek

Definition for sic (2 of 5)

sic2
[ sik ]
/ sɪk /

adjective Chiefly Scot.

Origin of sic

2
1325–75; Middle English (north and Scots); see such

Definition for sic (3 of 5)

sic3
[ seek; English sik ]
/ sik; English sɪk /

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)

Origin of sic

3
First recorded in 1885–90
sic , sick

Definition for sic (4 of 5)

SIC

U.S. Government.

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

Definition for sic (5 of 5)

Sic.

abbreviation

Sicilian.
Sicily.
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British Dictionary definitions for sic (1 of 3)

sic1
/ (sɪk) /

adverb

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
Latin

British Dictionary definitions for sic (2 of 3)

sic2
/ (sɪk) /

verb sics, sicking or sicked (tr)

to turn on or attack: used only in commands, as to a dog
to urge (a dog) to attack
C19: dialect variant of seek

British Dictionary definitions for sic (3 of 3)

sic3
/ (sɪk) /

determiner, adverb

a Scot word for such
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Cultural definitions for sic

sic

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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