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[ahrch-nis] /ˈɑrtʃ nɪs/
roguishness; sauciness.
Origin of archness
First recorded in 1700-10; arch2 + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was something half painful in their jocund gayety and archness.

  • All her animation and archness had not rendered it half so pleasant to look upon.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • There came an archness into her look that inflamed me the more.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • There was an archness in her smile which was altogether womanly.

    Unveiling a Parallel

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • She looked at him with a concern which was to me more engaging than her archness.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • “He might do worse,” answered her father, with archness and pride.

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

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
  • Her archness was a shade stiff, but her neck was one of her chief attractions.

    One Man's View

    Leonard Merrick
  • She tossed up her fingers lightly, with a perfect charm of archness.

  • And then, and in a tone of some archness, she said, 'And how do you like balls?'

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli

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