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antic.
1. Grotesque ornamental representation of human, animal, and floral forms bizarrely mingled.

2. Deliberately monstrous, fantastic, and caricatured ornamental representations of fauna and flora used in decorations.

3. Caryatid(e) or other humanoid representation, but incongruously formed and inappropriately positioned.

4. Distorted, leering mask, suggesting the irrational, wild nature, and the realm of unreason.

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antic (arch.) grotesque, fantastic; sb. †fantastic or grotesque figure, clown; ludicrous gesture or posture XVI. — It. antico ANTIQUE, used as synon. with grottesco GROTESQUE.

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an·tic / ˈantik/ • adj. poetic/lit. grotesque or bizarre.