Definition of antic in English:



  • Grotesque or bizarre.

    • ‘Their sparse details and antic distortions are surreal yet recognizable enough to hit the target, whether it's a powerful politician or a basic human type.’
    • ‘This non-authoritarian, non-conformist, antic, changeable character, or community of characters, keeps coming up throughout human history.’
    • ‘The director moved her sometimes space-challenged charges skillfully, eliciting overall an antic tone that brought a kind of unity to the often frenzied goings-on.’
    • ‘‘Rapper's Delight’ is played again, the punks doing an antic dance, pogoing on the couch, playing at break dancing, striking poses.’
    • ‘If you collect clown paraphernalia, are you an antic collector?’
    • ‘But the antic nature of these taunts doesn't mean they won't be effective.’
    • ‘According to Karine, the choreography ‘pays homage to the antic Greek theatre which is a world of pure poetry and drama’.’
    • ‘Alas, not many of them are left, not those with the full-willed ambition to be crazy and to create inspired antic diversions to the newsroom norm.’
    • ‘The plot is simple, and takes a back seat to the antic details.’
    • ‘There is an antic undercurrent to his straight-faced pictures, as if, after staring at the sheer actuality of what was laid out before him, he might have burst out laughing before making the picture.’
    • ‘My dad stuck his head in the doorway and smiled his antic smile. I looked into my mother's eyes and saw the same intense look of pity that Miss Judy had lavished upon me at the Muscular Dystrophy Carnival.’
    • ‘This poem is a moment of antic genius in an otherwise rather solemn book.’
    • ‘The performers were antic and wild, in a time when wildness had not been encouraged.’
    • ‘This comic novel, though antic rather than earnest, very different in style and tone from Naipaul, is serious about race, social class, immigrants, and outsiders.’
    • ‘While I found it to be full of antic spirit and coarse entertainment, she just couldn't get into it.’
    • ‘In an age where the brilliance of modern technology arguably masks the crumbling of Western high culture, it is mere antic passing fashions and facades and socially condoned tackiness which take the place of serious citizenship.’
    • ‘What a hard, brave conclusion; what an antic disposition in making it.’
    • ‘Incidentally, one of the responses I've been getting to the book is that a lot of people think it's very funny, and some people see it as a series of antic actions and antic behavior that really amuses some people and makes them laugh.’
    • ‘Saturated in colour and music, it's peopled by luminous stars and antic buffoons, by villains and vamps, heroes and incarnations of gods.’
    • ‘Not many creators would dare to juxtapose the kind of heady subject matter this show tosses at the wall with totally antic physical comedy.’
    practical joke, trick, mischievous act, piece of mischief, joke, escapade, stunt, caper, jape, game, hoax, antic
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Early 16th century: from Italian antico antique, used to mean grotesque.