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Antic

A grotesque sculpture consisting of animals, human and foliage forms incongruously run together and used to decorate molding terminations and other parts of medieval architecture.

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antic
A grotesque sculpture consisting of animal, human, and foliage forms incongruously run together and used to decorate molding terminations and many other parts of medieval architecture. Sometimes synonymous with grotesque or arabesque.
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The meat was smoking hot and the knives and forks were performing strange antics and jumping here and there in quite a puzzling way.
At last calm was restored, and eventually the apes became accustomed to the strange antics of their craft, after which no more trouble was experienced with them.
As yet there was no sign of any of his followers and there was no telling how long these antics were to continue.
Nobody was at home, but Daylight dismounted and ranged the vegetable garden, eating strawberries and green peas, inspecting the old adobe barn and the rusty plough and harrow, and rolling and smoking cigarettes while he watched the antics of several broods of young chickens and the mother hens.
They spoiled the music just the same, with their antics and unrealities.
Michael looked on and listened, but took no part in such antics of enthusiasm.
One was dressed like a clown, and performed funny antics, and the others leaped over the spoons and dishes and ran around the table like race-horses, and turned hand-springs and were so sprightly and amusing that they kept the company in one roar of merry laughter.
But after she had counted ten, and the bell continued to ring, she knew that not only the royal family of Ev, but Ozma and her followers also, were being restored to their natural forms, and she was so delighted that the antics of the angry King only made her laugh merrily.
The theater was full of people, enjoying the spectacle and laughing till they cried at the antics of the two Marionettes.
He did not appear even amused at the other's antics.
This was immediately granted, and we all three entered the gate of the palace between two rows of guards, armed and dressed after a very antic manner, and with something in their countenances that made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express.
I gritted my teeth at him, danced up and down, screaming an incoherent mockery and making antic faces.