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Definition of "sic" []

  • 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. (adverb)
  • To set upon; attack. (verb-transitive)
  • To urge or incite to hostile action; set: sicced the dogs on the intruders. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sic" in a sentence
  • "Seneca the Younger: You're correct that in Latin 'sic' means 'thus'; however, in editing, 'sic' means 'it was wrong in the original and I'm anal enough to point that out to you in case you missed that horrendous grammatical/spelling error.'"
  • "Sen. Kyle [sic] is a long-standing senator from Arizona and expert on immigration."
  • "How these data trouble Professor Hospital's claim that Columbia students are the "cream of the cream [sic]" is a subject for further debate."