Arch vs Ironical - What's the difference?

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Arch is a related term of ironical.


In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between arch and ironical

is that arch is (obsolete) a chief while ironical is (obsolete) feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge; exhibiting socratic irony.

As adjectives the difference between arch and ironical

is that arch is (senseid) knowing, clever, mischievous while ironical is characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.

As a noun arch

is (senseid)an inverted u shape or arch can be (obsolete) a chief.

As a verb arch

is to form into an arch shape.

arch

English

(wikipedia arch) (commons)

Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) .

Noun

(es)
  • (senseid)An inverted U shape.
  • An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  • (senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  • Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
  • to pass into the arch of a bridge
  • (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  • References
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    Verb

  • To form into an arch shape
  • The cat arched its back
  • To cover with an arch or arches.
  • Etymology 2

    From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.

    Adjective

    (er)
  • (senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
  • I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
  • * Tatler
  • [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
  • * 1906 , O. Henry,
  • A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
  • *
  • Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
  • Principal; primary.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the most arch act of piteous massacre
    Derived terms
    * (l)

    Noun

    (es)
  • (obsolete) A chief.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.

    Anagrams

    * ----

    ironical

    English

    Alternative forms

    * ironic

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
  • Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.
  • (obsolete) Feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge; exhibiting Socratic irony.
  • Derived terms

    * ironically

    References

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