italics

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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.
    • 1959 May, G. F. Fiennes, reviewer, “New Reading on Railways: British Railways Today and Tomorrow. By G. Freeman Allen. Ian Allan. 25s.”, in Trains Illustrated, page 271:
      Writing of cyclic diagramming, he speaks of ". . . the practical state of locomotives that pass through any number of engine and maintenance crews' hands in the course of a week's common user working, receiving love from none". The italics are mine.
  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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