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Thursday, December 16, 1999

Definitions for cant

  1. To talk hypocritically.
  2. To speak in the whining or singsong tone of a beggar; beg.
  3. Insincere, especially conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety.

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Citations for cant
I don't deny but that may sooner teach a Man to Cant and talk Gibberish, or use fair, smooth, formal Phrases, and religious Words. Richard Ward and Sarah Hutton, The Life of Henry More
A philanthropist by nature, he is not one of those dreamers who hate all that will not aid their one pet scheme, and cant about a general brotherhood which exempts them from particular charity. Robert Alfred Vaughan, Hours with the Mystics
Origin of cant
1495-1505
Cant comes from the same Latin word as chant, the Latin word for song, cantus. The sense of "insincere talk" arose in the early 1700s.