- For cant, humbug and moral spinelessness, this took some beating.
- It annoyed Flaubert mightily that purveyors of political cant should be greeted with more ballyhoo than gifted poets.
- Most orthodox historians think that comments like these are mere hypocritical cant.
- Such poets as these, and Lowell especially, gave rise to the critics' cant phrase, ‘confessional poetry’, which is seriously unhelpful.
- There is, to be sure, room for adjustment to the GST tax base, most of which should take the form of ‘rollback’, to adopt the cant phrase of the day.
- In literary conversations, he is only capable of repeating cant phrases and dropping names.
- The history of various families in Athy, their way of life, religion, superstition, Traveller cures and the Traveller language or cant are all documented.
- Fagin, Sykes and Dodger use much more Dickensian language and pepper their sentences with thieves' cant.
- Some were familiar with the culture of the London underworld, and thieves' cant became the ‘flash’ language of the barracks and factories.
verb[no object] dated
- They have tried upon me all their various batteries of pious whining, hypocritical canting, lying and slandering.
- For someone who's worked in the media for 10 years, the idea that illicit passion is not part of that is such nonsense that I think maybe it's time some of the canting stopped.
- Imitating the canting voice of a hypocritical preacher, Douglass then gave a several-paragraph sermon based on the principle that obedience to the slavemaster is obedience to God.
Early 16th century: probably from Latin cantare 'to sing' (see chant). The early meaning was 'musical sound, singing'; in the mid 17th century this gave rise to the senses 'whining manner of speaking' and 'form of words repeated mechanically in such a manner' (for example a beggar's plea), hence 'jargon' (of beggars and other such groups).
Words that rhyme with cantant, Brabant, Brandt, brant, enceinte, extant, gallant, Kant, levant, pant, pointe, pointes, rant, scant
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- She leaned against the bulkhead canting her head with a sigh.
- This holster can also be canted from a vertical position to a grip-forward or muzzle-forward position.
- Hand-made of fine leather and trimmed in exotic alligator, the holster can be positioned straight, or canted forward for even more versatility.
- Then you can reconfigure the mag carrier to a straight vertical or drop-down pull and adjust the holster to a slight cant or straight draw angle for a day at the range or concealed carry.
- The three components of alignment are horizontal, vertical and cant, regardless of the typical cross sections encountered.
- In his view the problem was caused by the cant not being placed so as to abut the vertical inside wall of the parapet, thus allowing a space between the vertical surface of the cant and the vertical inside surface of the parapet.
- Yet, MB did not know even the basic dimensions of wood used in Japanese house construction and was opposed by the sogo shosha it had relied on to export its cants.
- Because the Micromill SLP5000D is self-reliant it can be set up in remote locations including new burn areas to process small logs into cants and dimension lumber.
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