Meaning of -ic
- 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).
- a suffix, specialized in opposition toused to show the higher of two valences: ferric chloride.
- a noun suffix occurring chiefly in loanwords from Greek, where such words were originally adjectival (critic; magic; music).
— pl. ICs.
- integrated circuit.
- intensive care.
- Jesus Christ.
- -ic (Thesaurus)