from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.
- transitive v. To set upon; attack.
- transitive v. To urge or incite to hostile action; set: sicced the dogs on the intruders.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. thus; thus written
- v. To incite an attack by, especially a dog or dogs.
- v. To set upon; to chase; to attack.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Such.
- adv. Thus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Scotch form of such.
- So; thus: a word often inserted within brackets in quoted matter after an erroneous word or date, an astonishing statement, or the like, as an assurance that the citation is an exact reproduction of the original: as, “It was easily [sic] to see that he was angry.”
- A call to pigs or to sheep.
- See sick.
- n. An abbreviation of Sicilian
- n. of Sicily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. urge to attack someone
- adv. intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)
Seneca the Younger: You're correct that in Latin 'sic' means 'thus'; however, in editing, 'sic' means 'it was wrong in the original and I'm anal enough to point that out to you in case you missed that horrendous grammatical/spelling error.'
Sen. Kyle [sic] is a long-standing senator from Arizona and expert on immigration.
How these data trouble Professor Hospital's claim that Columbia students are the "cream of the cream [sic]" is a subject for further debate.
Los Angeles County is 40 percent Roman Catholic, and 95 percent Christain [sic], and yet these percentages are not reflected in the ethnic diversity of judges in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
“One estimate by Lewin Associates [sic] is 131 million Americans will lose their private insurance and be pushed into a government plan,” he claimed.
Ahh the justification of hyprocisy [sic] is always so transparent.
“Nineteen Eighty-Four: and the Via Dolorosa Project” [sic] is a documentary that centers around a painting the Singh Twins did that was meant to memorialize the Sikh massacre of 1984.
It is to the far right of Reagan, who raised taxes and eventually cut defense, and helped reform social security to ensure its longterm sic viability.
It is an illusion that fixates on stuff the GOP already should be doing while not daring to touch on stuff that will have any meaningful longterm sic effects on the size and scope of the federal government.
But could someone pleaes explain what [sic] is supposed to mean, is it for clarifying errors in spelling, grammar, or context.