1. (typography, pluralonly) letters in an italic typeface.
    There is no need to put the whole paragraph in italics.
  2. (usually plural but sometimes singular in construction) plural form of italic: exaggerated intonation or some similar oral speech device by which one or more words is heavily and usually affectedly emphasized or otherwise given sharp prominence
    • Margaret Long
      […] was yapping, her silly voice fraught with italics.
    • W. J. Locke
      a woman who has an irritating way of speaking in italics

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