from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to ancient Italy or its peoples or cultures.
- adj. Of or relating to the branch of the Indo-European language family that includes Latin, Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, and the Romance languages.
- adj. Of or being a style of printing type patterned on a Renaissance script with the letters slanting to the right: This sentence is printed in italic type.
- n. The Italic branch of Indo-European.
- n. Italic print or typeface. Often used in the plural.
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- adj. Of or relating to the Italian peninsula.
- adj. Pertaining to a subfamily of the Centum branch of the Indo-European language family, that includes Latin and other languages (as Oscan, Umbrian) spoken by the peoples of ancient Italy and also the Romance languages (Italian, French, Spanish, etc.); the group of ancient languages of this branch as contrasted with the modern Romance languages; Osco-Umbrian
- adj. Pertaining to various peoples that lived in Italy before the establishment of the Roman Empire, or to any of several alphabet systems used by those peoples for writing their languages.
- proper n. An Italic language.
Aldus Manutius of Venice issues an edition of Virgil in Italic type designed by Francesco Griffo.
This is the first book printed in Italic type, an adaptation of the best humanist script of the time.
[Italic is added for emphasis; capital letters are in the original.] 105
Italics are more than just the slanty-script you see in print to denote ship names and book titles, but it's the hand developed by Italian scribes during the Renaissance - hence the name Italic (which I 'italicize' here in the name of irony as much as description).
Indeed, so successful was Latin that it supplanted all its ancient linguistic cousins—other Italic languages once spoken on the so-called Italic Peninsula: Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian, and South Picene.
This sect of philosophers is called the Italic, by reason
Syria, as Dr. Bormann has observed, about AD. 40, when Cornelius is mentioned as “a centurion of the Cohort called Italic,” resident in Caesarea
Calligraphy (aka Italic) pens require a special writing technique.
While his speciality is in fact "Italic" languages of the Indo-European family (Latin, Umbrian, Faliscan, etc.) rather than "Aegean" ones (Etruscan, Rhaetic, Lemnian), he represents the grammar reasonably enough and offers sources like Helmut Rix.
The close relationship of the first small type letter forms in Italy with the current writing hand of the best Italian scribes is well indicated by the legend that the "Italic," or sloped small letter, was taken directly from the handwriting of Petrarch.
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