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canting

[kan-ting] /ˈkæn tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
affectedly or hypocritically pious or righteous:
a canting social reformer.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; cant1 + -ing2

cant1

[kant] /kænt/
noun
1.
insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.
2.
the private language of the underworld.
3.
the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc.:
the cant of the fashion industry.
4.
whining or singsong speech, especially of beggars.
verb (used without object)
5.
to talk hypocritically.
6.
to speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.
Origin
1495-1505; < Latin base cant- in cantus song, canticus singsong, etc., whence Old English cantere singer, cantic song; see chant
Related forms
cantingly, adverb
Can be confused
cant, jargon, slang.
Synonyms
1. hypocrisy, sham, pretense, humbug.

cant2

[kant] /kænt/
noun
1.
a salient angle.
2.
a sudden movement that tilts or overturns a thing.
3.
a slanting or tilted position.
4.
an oblique line or surface, as one formed by cutting off the corner of a square of cube.
5.
an oblique or slanting face of anything.
6.
Civil Engineering, bank1 (def 6).
7.
a sudden pitch or toss.
8.
Also called flitch. a partly trimmed log.
adjective
9.
oblique or slanting.
verb (used with object)
10.
to bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
11.
to put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
12.
to throw with a sudden jerk.
verb (used without object)
13.
to take or have an inclined position; tilt; turn.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English: side, border < Anglo-French cant, Old French chant < a Romance base *cantu(m) with the related senses “rim, border” and “angle corner,” probably < Celtic; compare Latin cant(h)us iron tire (< Celtic), Welsh cant periphery, rim, felloe; probably not akin to Greek kanthós corner of the eye; cf. canteen, cantle, canton
Related forms
cantic, adjective
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Examples for canting
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British Dictionary definitions for canting

cant1

/kænt/
noun
1.
insincere talk, esp concerning religion or morals; pious platitudes
2.
stock phrases that have become meaningless through repetition
3.
specialized vocabulary of a particular group, such as thieves, journalists, or lawyers; jargon
4.
singsong whining speech, as used by beggars
verb
5.
(intransitive) to speak in or use cant
Derived Forms
canter, noun
cantingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably via Norman French canter to sing, from Latin cantāre; used disparagingly, from the 12th century, of chanting in religious services

cant2

/kænt/
noun
1.
inclination from a vertical or horizontal plane; slope; slant
2.
a sudden movement that tilts or turns something
3.
the angle or tilt thus caused
4.
a corner or outer angle, esp of a building
5.
an oblique or slanting surface, edge, or line
verb (transitive)
6.
to tip, tilt, or overturn, esp with a sudden jerk
7.
to set in an oblique position
8.
another word for bevel (sense 1)
adjective
9.
oblique; slanting
10.
having flat surfaces and without curves
Derived Forms
cantic, adjective
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: edge, corner): perhaps from Latin canthus iron hoop round a wheel, of obscure origin

cant3

/kɑːnt/
adjective
1.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) lusty; merry; hearty
Word Origin
C14: related to Low German kant bold, merry
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Word Origin and History for canting
cant
"insincere talk," 1709, earlier, slang for "whining of beggars," (1560s), from O.N.Fr. canter "to sing, chant" from L. cantare, freq. of canere "to sing" (see chant). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, then applied contemptuously by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.
cant
"slant," late 14c., Scottish, from O.N.Fr. cant (perhaps via M.L.G. kante or M.Du. kant), from V.L. *canthus, from L. cantus "iron tire of a wheel," possibly from a Celt. word meaning "rim of wheel, edge," from PIE base *kantho- "corner, bend" (cf. Gk. kanthos "corner of the eye").
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