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Definition of italic:

  1. An letter, character, or type ( see Italic, a., 2.); - often in the plural; as, the Italics are the author's. letters are used to distinguish words for emphasis, importance, antithesis, etc. Also, collectively, letters.
  2. Applied especially to a kind of type in which the letters do not stand upright, but slope toward the right; - so called because dedicated to the States of Italy by the inventor, Aldus Manutius, about the year 1500.
  3. Relating to Italy or to its people.

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Italic language.

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