-ic

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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 ‎(-śas), ‎(-kas) and Old Church Slavonic -ъкъ ‎(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, 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.

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]

From 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".

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