AskDefine | Define antimasque

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Anti-masque (also spelled antimasque) is a comic or grotesque dance presented before or between the acts of a certain dramatic composition known as a masque. The anti-Masque is a spectacle of disorder which usually starts or precedes the masque itself. It is characterized by impropriety and is transformed by the masque into goodness, propriety, and order, usually by the King's presence alone.


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