-ic

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See also: ic, IC, , -ić, -ič, iċ-, and -iĉ-

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Etymology[edit]

From French -ique, from Latin -icus, from Proto-Indo-European *-ikos, *-iḱos, formed with the i-stem suffix *-i- and the adjectival suffix *-ko-. Cognates include Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós), Sanskrit (śa), (ka) and Old Church Slavonic -ъkъ (ŭkŭ).

PIE *-ko- on noun stems carried the meaning 'characteristic of, like, typical, pertaining to', and on adjectival stems it acted emphatically.

Suffix[edit]

-ic

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning "of or pertaining to";
    Cyrillic
    acidic
  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).

Usage notes[edit]

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

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin -icus.

Suffix[edit]

-ic m (feminine -ica)

  1. -ic (of or pertaining to)

Suffix[edit]

-ic m

  1. (chemistry) -ic

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin -iccus.

Suffix[edit]

-ic m

  1. Used to form diminutive nouns.
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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin -icus.

Suffix[edit]

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

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