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- The state of being arch.
1811, Jane Austen, chapter 18, in Sense and Sensibility:
- Marianne was surprised and confused, yet she could not help smiling at the quiet archness of his manner
- 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 3,
- There was something artless in Toby's delivery; he was working in the family tradition of teasing, but he was too relenting and couldn't yet match Gerald's heavy archness.