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Related to antically: invariability, surpassingly, overjoys, steadies


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.


(ˈæntɪkəlɪ) or


in a ludicrous or grotesque manner
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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 aspect of showing off is built into ottava rima; but by writing in those stanzas, I'm cross-dressing as Byron or antically reinhabiting a dead body, Byron's dead body, and playing around with the Byronic costume.