-ic

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Etymology[edit]

From French -ique, from Latin -icus, from Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós).

The -ικός is a common suffix of the Greek grammar and on noun stems carries the meaning 'characteristic of, like, typical, pertaining to', and on adjectival stems it acted emphatically. As it has happened with many other Greek grammar characteristics and words it was passed on to the Latin language.

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 (HSO₄) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H₂SO₃).

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The suffix -ic is often added to words of Greek or Latin origin, but may also be used with other words, and in some cases is even added (redundantly) to adjectives, as in veganic (from vegan).

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin -icus, originally from Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós).

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, originally from Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós)

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-ic m

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

Etymology[edit]

From Latin -icus, originally from Ancient Greek -ικός (-ikós).

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Suffix[edit]

-ic m, n (feminine singular -ică, masculine plural -ici, feminine and neuter plural -ice)

  1. Forms adjectives with the meaning "of or pertaining to".

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