Usage examples for antic

  1. But it was at this point that another notion came into my mind, so antic, so impish, so fiendish, that if there were still any Evil One, in a world which gets on so poorly without him, I should attribute it to his suggestion; and this was that the procession which Jan saw issuing from the tenement- house door was not a funeral procession, as the reader will have rashly fancied, but a wedding procession, with Nina at the head of it, quite well again, and going to be married to the little brown youth with ear- rings who had long had her heart. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  2. He puts on " an antic disposition" for the benefit of Polonius, but under it all is the pointed notice to Ophelia that their past relationship can never be renewed, and the masked charge that it is her adoption of the ways of her frail sisters that has made him mad,- as her words indicate that she supposes him to be,- and that has wrecked the future happiness of both of them. – The Three Heron's Feathers by Hermann Sudermann
  3. Lycabetta found it hard not to laugh in the fool's face for his antic assumption of the regal carriage, but her mind seemed instantly illuminated with knowledge. – The Proud Prince by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  4. But the most forward and tormenting of them all is my quondam friend, the Count; who is half a lunatic, but of so diverting a kind that, ere a man has time to be angry, he either cuts a caper, utters an absurdity, or acts some mad antic or other, that sets gravity at defiance. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  5. Tut, she is stale, rank, foul; and were it not That those that woo her greet her with lock'd eyes, In spight of all th' impostures, paintings, drugs, Which her bawd, Custom, dawbs her cheeks withal, She would betray her loath'd and leprous face, And fright the enamour'd dotards from themselves: But such is the perverseness of our nature, That if we once but fancy levity, How antic and ridiculous soe'er It suit with us, yet will our muffled thought Choose rather not to see it, than avoid it: And if we can but banish our own sense, We act our mimic tricks with that free license, That lust, that pleasure, that security; As if we practised in a paste- board case, And no one saw the motion, but the motion. – Cynthia's Revels by Ben Jonson
  6. She burst out laughing at every antic, and by the comical remarks she constantly made, she hindered Raphael from perusing the paper; he had dropped it a dozen times already. – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  7. The office boy was looking into the room just then, and, seeing this antic of the jolly red and yellow chap, the office boy laughed out loud. – The Story of Calico Clown by Laura Lee Hope
  8. So confident that their grip of an English gentleman, in whom they have spied their game, never relaxes until he begins insensibly to frolic and antic, unknown to himself, and comes out in the native steam which is their scent of the chase. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. I suppose,- always judging by my own average experience,- that besides these gloomy associations, the name of Venice will conjure up scenes of brilliant and wanton gayety, and that in the foreground of the brightest picture will be the Carnival of Venice, full of antic delight, romantic adventure, and lawless prank. – Venetian Life by W. D. Howells
  10. But come; Here, as before, never, so help you mercy, How strange or odd so'er I bear myself,- As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on,- That you, at such times seeing me, never shall, With arms encumber'd thus, or this head- shake, Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase, As " Well, well, we know," or " We could, an if we would," Or " If we list to speak," or " There be, an if there might," Or such ambiguous giving- out, to note That you know aught of me: this not to do, So grace and mercy at your most need help you, Swear. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  11. The people and the government at last becoming enlightened by means of the Scripture spurned it from the island with disgust and horror, the land instantly after its disappearance becoming a fair field, in which arts, sciences, and all the amiable virtues flourished, instead of being a pestilent marsh where swine- like ignorance wallowed, and artful hypocrites, like so many Wills- o'- the- wisp, played antic gambols about, around, and above debased humanity. – Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest by George Borrow
  12. At each movement or antic that may soil their clothing they are pinched and scolded, so the fact is that they do not laugh or feel happy, while in their round eyes can be read a protest against so much embroidery and a longing for the old shirt of week- days. – The Reign of Greed Complete English Version of 'El Filibusterismo' by Jose Rizal
  13. Sad sight it was to look about At twenty faces making faces, With many a rampant trick and antic, For all were very horrid cases, And made their owners nearly frantic. – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  14. They think cleverness an antic, and have a constant though needless horror of being thought to have any of it. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  15. Sometimes the dancers themselves sing, dart terribly threatening looks, stamp their feet upon the ground, and exhibit a thousand antic postures and grimaces. – A Treatise on the Art of Dancing by Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  16. The savages also entertained them with dancing and singing and antic tricks and grimaces. – Captain John Smith by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  17. " Then," adds Dekker, " will he dance and sing, and use some other antic and ridiculous gestures, shutting up his counterfeit puppet play with this epilogue or conclusion- 'Good dame, give poor Tom one cup of the best drink. – Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles by Daniel Hack Tuke
  18. When one girl jumped on a chair and waved her handkerchief, which she had painted red, white, and blue, the unwilling hostess asked Senator North if he thought Betty would be able to keep her head till the end of the evening, or would be excited to some extraordinary antic. – Senator North by Gertrude Atherton