Meaning of -IC in English


-ic /ɪk/ BrE AmE suffix

[ Language: Old French ; Origin: -ique , from Latin -icus ]

1 . [in adjectives] of, like, or related to a particular thing:

photographic (=of photography)

an alcoholic drink (=containing alcohol)

polysyllabic (=containing several ↑ syllable s )

pelvic (=of the pelvis)

Byronic (=like or connected with the poet Byron)

2 . [in nouns] someone who is affected by a particular unusual condition, a mental illness for example:

an alcoholic (=someone who cannot stop drinking alcohol)

—-ically /ɪkli/ [in adverbs] :


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