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italics pl

  1. (typography, plural only) letters in an italic typeface.
    There is no need to put the whole paragraph in italics.
  2. (usually plural but sometimes singular in construction) plural of italic: exaggerated intonation or some similar oral speech device by which one or more words is heavily and usually affectedly emphasized or otherwise given sharp prominence
    • Margaret Long
      [] was yapping, her silly voice fraught with italics.
    • 1906, W. J. Locke, The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
      a woman who has an irritating way of speaking in italics


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