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definition of the word -ic

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From French -ique < Latin -icus related to Ancient Greek suffix -ικος (-ikos).

-ic (adjective suffix)

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";
  2. (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H2SO4) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H2SO3).

The suffix -ic is often added to words of Greek or Latin origin, but may also be used with other words.

From Latin -icus.

-ic m. (feminine -ica)

  1. -ic (of or pertaining to)

-ic m.

  1. (chemistry) -ic

From Latin -iccus.

-ic m.

  1. Used to form diminutive nouns.

Latin -icus.

-ic m. (adjective suffix, feminine -ică, plural -ici, feminine plural -ice)

  1. Used to form adjectives with the meaning "of or pertaining to".
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