Definitions for -ic

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a suffix forming adjectives from other parts of speech, occurring orig. in Greek and Latin loanwords (metallic; poetic; archaic; public) and, on this model, used as an adjective-forming suffix with the particular senses “having some characteristics of” (opposed to the simple attributive use of the base noun) (balletic; sophomoric); “in the style of” (Byronic; Miltonic); “pertaining to a family of peoples or languages” (Finnic; Semitic; Turkic).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. ferric chloride.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: a suffix, specialized in opposition to -ous 2 , used to show the higher of two valences:

  3. a noun suffix occurring in loanwords from Greek, where such words were orig. adjectival (critic; magic; music).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of -ic:

ME -ic, -ik < L -icus or Gk -ikos


  1. immediate constituent.

    Category: Grammar

  2. integrated circuit.

    Category: Electronics

  3. intensive care.


  1. Jesus Christ.

    Category: Religion

Origin of I.C.:

< LL I(ēsus)C(hrīstus)


  1. -ic(Suffix)

    Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";

  2. -ic(Suffix)

    Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (HSO) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (HSO).

  3. Origin: From -ique, from -icus,

Webster Dictionary

  1. -ic

    a suffix signifying, in general, relating to, or characteristic of; as, historic, hygienic, telegraphic, etc

  2. -ic

    a suffix, denoting that the element indicated enters into certain compounds with its highest valence, or with a valence relatively higher than in compounds where the name of the element ends in -ous; as, ferric, sulphuric. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to; as, hydric, sodic, calcic


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