What does sic mean?

Definitions for sicsɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sic, set(adverb)

    urge to attack someone

    "The owner sicked his dogs on the intruders"; "the shaman sics sorcerers on the evil spirits"

  2. sic(adverb)

    intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sic(adj)


  2. Sic(adverb)


  3. Origin: [L.]


  1. sic

    The Latin adverb sic added immediately after a quoted word or phrase, indicates that the quotation has been transcribed exactly as found in the original source, complete with any erroneous spelling or other nonstandard presentation. The notation's usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors in the transcribed material do not arise from errors in the course of the transcription, and the errors have been repeated intentionally, i.e., that they are reproduced exactly as set down by the original writer or printer. It may also be used as a form of ridicule or as a humorous comment, drawing attention to the original writer's spelling mistakes or emphasizing his or her erroneous logic. Sic is generally placed inside square brackets "[ ]", or in parentheses "", and traditionally in italics, as is customary when printing a foreign word.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sic

    sik, adv. so, thus—printed within brackets in quoted matter to show that the original is being correctly reproduced, even though incorrect or wrong.—Sic passim, so throughout.

  2. Sic

    sik, Siccan, sik′an, adj. Scotch forms of such.—adj. Sic′-like, for such-like, of the same kind.

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  2. SIC

    What does SIC stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the SIC acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Anagrams for sic »

  1. CIS

  2. CSI

  3. ICS

  4. Sci

  5. Sci.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sic in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles Dickens:

    The law is sic a ass - a idiot.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    Damning w[sic] faint praise but good arguments.

  3. British Airways:

    This sort of behaviour (sic) will not be tolerated.

  4. Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner:

    No offense to anyone but I'm playing until I can't anymore, i love this game to (sic) much.

  5. Roger Wade:

    If the homeowner’s not there and doesn’t sic the dogs on them, I don’t know what charges would be filed.

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