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Webster 1913 Edition


-ic

-ic

.
[L.
-icus
, Gr. [GREEK]: cf. F.
-ique
.]
1.
A suffix signifying, in general, relating to, or characteristic of;
as, histor
ic
, hygien
ic
, telegraph
ic
, etc.
2.
(Chem.)
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, ferr
ic
, sulphur
ic
. It is also used in the general sense of pertaining to;
as, hydr
ic
, sod
ic
, calc
ic
.

Definition 2022


-ic

-ic

See also: Appendix:Variations of "ic"

English

Alternative forms

Suffix

-ic

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";
    Cyrillic
    acidic
  2. (chemistry) 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 (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3).

Usage notes

The suffix -ic is often added to words of Greek or Latin origin, but may also be used with other words, and in some cases is even added (redundantly) to adjectives, as in veganic (from vegan).

Derived terms

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Catalan

Etymology 1

From Latin -icus.

Suffix

-ic m (feminine -ica)

  1. -ic (of or pertaining to)

Suffix

-ic m

  1. (chemistry) -ic

Etymology 2

From Latin -iccus.

Suffix

-ic m

  1. Used to form diminutive nouns.
Derived terms
<a class='CategoryTreeLabel CategoryTreeLabelNs14 CategoryTreeLabelCategory' href='/wiki/Category:Catalan_words_suffixed_with_-ic'>Catalan words suffixed with -ic</a>

Romanian

Etymology

From Latin -icus.

Suffix

-ic m, n (feminine singular -ică, masculine plural -ici, feminine and neuter plural -ice)

  1. Forms adjectives with the meaning "of or pertaining to".

Declension

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