- Much of the laughter at the antics of the buffoons is a collective release of tension.
- They resorted to keeping a diary of his escapades and videotaping his antics as evidence.
- You need to change your reaction to their antics if you want to alter their behaviour in the first place.
Early 16th century: from antic.
antiquity from Middle English:
This word comes from Latin antiquitas, from antiquus ‘old, former’ developed from ante ‘before’ ( see ante). Antics (early 16th century) is from the same source by way of Italian antico ‘antique’, used to mean grotesque, and as a term for the grinning faces carved on architecture fashionable at the time. From this it came to be used for grotesque behaviour.
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