Italics
Italic I*tal"ic, n.; pl. {Italics}. (Print.) An Italic letter, character, or type (see {Italic}, a., 2.); -- often in the plural; as, the Italics are the author's. Italic letters are used to distinguish words for emphasis, importance, antithesis, etc. Also, collectively, Italic letters. [1913 Webster]

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  • italics — are a style of sloping type, like this, and are used for a number of special purposes, principally: titles of books, films, works of art, etc.: David Copperfield, Gone with the Wind, Mona Lisa. titles of long poems: Paradise Lost. names of… …   Modern English usage

  • italics — UK [ɪˈtælɪks] US noun [plural] ★ italics are letters that slope to the right, like the letters used for the examples in this dictionary. Italics are often used to emphasize particular words in a piece of printed writing. Thesaurus: printing and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • italics — noun a) letters in an italic typeface. There is no need to put the whole paragraph in italics. b) exaggerated intonation or some similar oral speech device by which one or more words is heavily and usually affectedly emphasized or otherwise given …   Wiktionary

  • italics — i|tal|ics [ıˈtælıks] n [plural] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: italicus Italian , from Greek italikos, from Italia Italy ; because these letters were introduced by a 16th century Italian printer, Aldus Manutius] a type of printed letters that …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • italics — i|tal|ics [ ı tælıks ] noun plural * italics are letters that slope to the right, like the letters used for the examples in this dictionary. Italics are often used to emphasize particular words in a piece of printed writing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • italics — noun (plural) a type of printed letters that lean to the right, often used to emphasize particular words: in italics: This example is written in italics. compare roman italic adjective: italic script …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • italics */ — UK [ɪˈtælɪks] / US noun [plural] italics are letters that slope to the right, like the letters used for the examples in this dictionary. Italics are often used to emphasize particular words in a piece of printed writing …   English dictionary

  • italics — [ɪˈtælɪks] noun [plural] italics are letters that slope to the right, like the letters in examples in this dictionary …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • italics — n. italic type, form of type in which the letters lean to the right i·tal·ic || ɪ tælɪk n. italic type, form of type in which the letters lean to the right …   English contemporary dictionary

  • italics — n. pl. Italic letters …   New dictionary of synonyms

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