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Meaning of -ic

-ic

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a suffix forming adjectives from other parts of speech, occurring originally 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).
  2. a suffix, specialized in opposition toused to show the higher of two valences: ferric chloride.
  3. a noun suffix occurring chiefly in loanwords from Greek, where such words were originally adjectival (critic; magic; music).

IC

Pronunciation: [key]
— pl. ICs.
  1. See
  2. integrated circuit.
  3. intensive care.

I.C.

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. Jesus Christ.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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