italic

Italic is a typeface or font style that slants to the right. Most writers use italic type to emphasize certain words or phrases.

You can use the word italic as a noun or an adjective, usually in the form "italic type," or italics. Either way, it describes the kind of cursive-styled typeface that leans at an angle. Some writers use italic type to indicate a character's speech, or to emphasize words the character stresses. You can also use italic type for words in foreign languages or the titles of long works, like novels or films.

Definitions of italic
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adj characterized by slanting characters

italic characters”

n a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right

Type of:
cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand
rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper

n a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right

Type of:
case, face, font, fount, typeface
a specific size and style of type within a type family

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