Definition of -ic in English:

-ic

Pronunciation /ɪk/

suffix

  • 1Forming adjectives such as Islamic, terrific.

  • 2Forming nouns such as lyric, mechanic.

  • 3Denoting a particular form or instance of a noun ending in -ics.

    ‘aesthetic’
    • ‘dietetic’
    • ‘tactic’
  • 4Chemistry
    Denoting an element in a higher valence.

    Compare with -ous

    ‘ferric’
    • ‘sulfuric’

Origin

From French -ique, Latin -icus, or Greek -ikos.