meaning of italic

1. Relating to Italy or to its people.
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.
An Italic letter, character, or type (see Italic, a. , 2. ); -- often in the plural; as, the Italics are the authors. Italic letters are used to distinguish words for emphasis, importance, antithesis, etc. Also, collectively, Italic letters.
a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right

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