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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

arch

\AHRCH\ , adjective;
1.
Cunning; crafty; sly.
2.
Obsolete. A person who is preeminent; a chief.
noun:
1.
A curved masonry construction for spanning an opening.
Quotes:
Shimell, an opera singer by trade, brings an arch theatricality to his role, making Miller sit comfortably as both a pompous author and a withdrawn husband.
-- Michael Leader, "'Certified Copy' Review," DenofGeek.com, September, 2010
Janney's performance is arch and knowing, as she mocks the mother who dispenses anti-depressants to her kids like candy and eventually tells them, "I lied to you because I love you."
-- Bret Harte, "'Life During Wartime' Review," Danville Express, August, 2010
Origin:
Arch originally meant "chief," as in an archangel, but took on the sense of "mischievous" in the 1660s.
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