What is the difference between antic and foolish?

antic | foolish |

As adjectives the difference between antic and foolish

is that antic is (architecture|arts) grotesque, incongruous while foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun antic

is (architecture|arts|obsolete) a grotesque representation of a figure; a gargoyle.

As a verb antic

is to perform antics.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Alternative forms

* antick


(en adjective)
  • (architecture, arts) Grotesque, incongruous.
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  • Grotesque, bizarre; absurd.
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  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (architecture, arts, obsolete) A grotesque representation of a figure; a gargoyle.
  • A caricature.
  • (often in plural) A ludicrous gesture or act; ridiculous behaviour.
  • * Wordsworth
  • And fraught with antics as the Indian bird / That writhes and chatters in her wiry cage.
  • * 1953 , John Christopher, Blemish
  • I saw the barren horror of your people's leisure with the million entertained by the antics of a tiny few
  • * 2007 , , Time To Add A Cute Kid To The Cast Questionable Content Number 951
  • Pintsize: Wait, don’t you want to know why I’m tied up and hanging from the ceiling? / Faye: Not really. Nighty night! / Pintsize: Shit! My wacky antics have jumped the shark!
  • A grotesque performer or clown.
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  • A pose, often exaggerated, in anticipation of an action; for example, a brief squat before jumping
  • Verb

  • To perform antics.
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  • (obsolete) To make a fool of, to cause to look ridiculous.
  • * , Act II, Scene VII:
  • Gentle lords, let's part; / You see we have burnt our cheeks: strong Enobarb / Is weaker than the wine; and mine own tongue / Splits what it speaks: the wild disguise hath almost / Antick'd us all.
  • (rare) To perform (an action) as an antic; to mimic ridiculously.
  • * 1931 , William Faulkner, Sanctuary , Vintage 1993, page 70:
  • She unfastened her dress, her arms arched thin and high, her shadow anticking her movements.
  • To make appear like a buffoon.
  • (Shakespeare)


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  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness