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1. A foolish or ludicrous act; a caper: The students' antics got them into trouble.
2. Archaic A buffoon, especially a performing clown.
adj. Archaic
Ludicrously odd; bizarre.

[From Italian antico, ancient (used of grotesque designs on some ancient Roman artifacts), from Latin antīquus, former, old; see ant- in Indo-European roots.]

an′ti·cal·ly adv.
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(ˈæntɪkəlɪ) or


in a ludicrous or grotesque manner
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Such little bursts of verbal magic occur on virtually every page of Moonglow: "He reran the grainy kinescope of memory"; "one sometimes sensed a weird crackling around her, a scorching like dust on a solenoid"; "he switched off the Zeiss [telescope] of his imagination." Chabon is so profligate with these conceits that his writing can seem antically clever, but that doesn't mean it is show-offy or insincere.
They had come to dote on his 'ditzy but loving and loyal' character-a tribute to the actor-singer's antically edgy performance.
An aspectof showing off is built into ottava rima; but by writing in thosestanzas, I'm cross-dressing as Byron or antically reinhabiting adead body, Byron's dead body, and playing around with the Byroniccostume.