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1. Old; antique.

(Science: zoology) Lords of antic fame.

2. Odd; fantastic; fanciful; grotesque; ludicrous. The antic postures of a merry-andrew. (Addison) The saxons . . . Worshiped many idols, barbarous in name, some monstrous, all antic for shape. (Fuller)

Origin: The same word as antique; cf. It. Antico ancient. See antique.