archly

adverb
arch·​ly | \ ˈärch-lē How to pronounce archly (audio) \

Definition of archly

1 : in an arch manner
2 : extremely archly conservative

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Examples of archly in a Sentence

an archly competitive young executive
Recent Examples on the Web Mark Price is especially notable as the archly humorous and scheming butler Wadsworth, who knows all the guests invited by the mysterious Mr. Boddy to his manor house have more than a few secrets to hide. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "‘Clue’ at Cleveland Play House: The game’s afoot with campy laughs and thrills (review)," 1 Feb. 2020 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 Melodies inevitably appear from inside the opiated haze of instrumentation and the sometimes archly clever wordplay. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Album review wrap-up: Nick Cave transforms, the Highwomen rise, Tool returns, and more," 9 Oct. 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 27 June 2019 Dani ultimately gets a measure of revenge—though even this, in Aster’s archly plotted script construction, offers Dani some mixed motives of her own, a measure of mercy along with her rage. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Midsommar,” Reviewed: Ari Aster’s Backwards Horror Story of an American Couple in Sweden," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of archly

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Archly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archly. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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