Definition of antic:
- A buffoon or merry- andrew; one that practices odd gesticulations; the Fool of the old play.
- A grotesque representation.
- A grotesque trick; a piece of buffoonery; a caper.
- An antimask.
- An odd imagery, device, or tracery; a fantastic figure.
- Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous.
- Old; antique.
- To make appear like a buffoon.
- To perform antics.
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During this, the warriors on the stages flourished their weapons, and played a hundred antic tricks, which could answer no other end, in my judgment, than to work up their passions, and prepare them for fighting.- "A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16", Robert Kerr.
The answer is, that while all were agreed that his antic was inexcusable, all were equally agreed to pretend that it was a mere trifle of no importance; you cannot deprive a man of his prescriptive right for a mere trifle of no importance.- "Tales of the Five Towns", Arnold Bennett.
- "The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays", Various.