- Sic is defined as thus or so, and is used in writing within brackets [sic] to show that a word or statement was copied exactly as originally said or written.
The copied Twitter account posting with lots of spelling and grammar mistakes is an example of something that would be followed with [sic].
- The definition of sic is to command a dog to start an attack.
To command a dog to get a burglar is an example of sic: Sic the dog on the burglar.
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Origin: Latin sīc; see so- in Indo-European roots.
also sicktransitive verb sicced sicced also sicked, sic·cing also sick·ing, sics also sicks
- To set upon; attack.
- To urge or incite to hostile action; set: sicced the dogs on the intruders.
Origin: Dialectal variant of seek.
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sic - Cultural Definition
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].’”