Sic meaning

sĭk, sēk
Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.
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To set upon; attack.
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To urge or incite to hostile action; set.

Sicced the dogs on the intruders.

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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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To set upon; pursue and attack.
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To urge or incite to attack.

To sic a dog on someone.

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Thus; so.
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Thus; thus written.
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To mark with a bracketed sic.

E. Belfort Bax wrote "... the modern reviewer's taste is not really shocked by half the things he sics or otherwise castigates."

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To incite an attack by, especially a dog or dogs.

He sicced his dog on me!

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To set upon; to chase; to attack.

Sic 'em, Mitzi.

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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].

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Origin of sic

  • Latin sīc so- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dialectal variant of seek

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sÄ«c (“thus, so").

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of seek.

    From Wiktionary