from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
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- noun A
comicor grotesque dancepresented before or between the actsof a masque.
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anti- + masque
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An antimasque of reapers and nymphs dances a graceful dance.
Shakespeare Bevington, David 2002
But under James I stage witches remained figures of irrational stupidity — as in Ben Jonson's antimasque to The Masque of Queens, where the witches represented "Ignorance, Credulity, &c, the opposites to good Fame."
Bothered and Bewildered Lurie, Alison 1997
But Jonson gave dramatic value to the masque, especially in his invention of the antimasque, a comedy or farcical element of relief, entrusted to professional players or dancers.
Every Man in His Humor Ben Jonson 1605
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