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

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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 The dominance of the men’s game nearly everywhere else was the reality Germany’s women archly pointed up in a video noting that the prize for the first of their eight European championships was a tea set. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "5 Big Stories to Watch in the Women's World Cup," 5 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,, "Review: Raúl Ruiz’s absurdist telenovela ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a singular treat," 6 June 2019 The reality of the situation in Zug was almost certainly less archly conspiratorial than the dossier alleged, but the problem of business as usual was precisely the point. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 The charming and archly witty Love & Friendship (imagine Downton Abbey with just Maggie Smith) is a reminder, among other things, of Kate Beckinsale's way with a corset and a bon mot. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Whit Stillman On Directing Jane Austen," 27 Apr. 2016 Foxtrot is best when it’s posing philosophical questions to the viewer just through its perfectly realized bizarre environments, including Michael and Dafna’s archly designed home and Jonathan’s shipping container. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Foxtrot Is a Dreamlike Interrogation of War," 27 Feb. 2018 Breed smiled archly at the Chinatown dignitaries — and at her mentor, former Mayor Willie Brown — who were lined up alongside her on the platform. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed works to rebuild Brown coalition in Chinatown," 18 Feb. 2018 Golden Road, the brewers and their fans noted archly, is now owned by the Belgium-based, multinational conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Turner bests LA counterpart in World Series beer bet," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of archly

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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