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[ahrch-nis] /ˈɑrtʃ nɪs/
roguishness; sauciness.
Origin of archness
1700-10; arch2 + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Her archness was not bold nor unwomanly, and her vivacity was well within the bounds of refinement and good taste.

    Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang
  • There came an archness into her look that inflamed me the more.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • We realized all the mingled coquetry and feeling and defiance and archness in Betty Sherman's daring speech.

    The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • There was an archness in her smile which was altogether womanly.

    Unveiling a Parallel Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • Lady Torquilin inquired with archness; and Mr. Pratte's countenance suddenly became rueful as he dropped his eyeglass.

    An American Girl in London Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • She looked at him with a concern which was to me more engaging than her archness.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • Sally May was a delicious Mrs. Bennet—her archness, her querulousness, and above all her talkativeness.

    Judy of York Hill Ethel Hume Patterson Bennett
  • “He might do worse,” answered her father, with archness and pride.

  • It is difficult to say whether Mrs. Markle's archness, or Sal's woeful perspicuity, was most alarming to Gabriel.

    Gabriel Conroy Bert Harte
  • The archness fled from her smile, and her eyes grew pensive and far-seeing.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson

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