Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of cant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Speaking in a whining tone of voice; using technical or religious terms affectedly; affectedly pious.
  • n. The use of cant; hypocrisy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affectedly or hypocritically pious; whining: as, a canting hypocrite; a canting tone of voice.
  • In heraldry, allusive; descriptive of the bearer's name, estate, or the like. See allusive arms, under arm.
  • Of the nature of professional cant or jargon: used by or peculiar to a particular class, profession, or subject: as, canting terms; canting language.
  • n. The act of speaking in a whining tone; an apparently insincere use of religious or pious phraseology.
  • n. The use of the terms or phraseology of a particular class, as of beggars, thieves, gipsies, tramps, etc., or of a particular profession or subject.
  • n. Sale by auction.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Evident since the fourteenth century, a submerged tradition of poems written in canting speech has developed with increasing resonance, sometimes in conjunction with the dominant literary tradition.

    Club Monad

  • The re-canting is irrelevant, nobody believed him from day one which was long before Bushie invaded Iraq.

    Think Progress » Cheney Claimed Iraq Was Providing WMD Training To Al-Qaeda Months After Source Recanted

  • If he prayed, or gave them good counsel, they would banter it, and call it canting; if he kept silence from good, when the wicked were before him, they would say that he had forgotten his religion now that he was sick.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • We must therefore be content with the word canting for arms which include pictorial puns.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 1

  • Both bearings are founded on what is called canting heraldry, a species of art disowned by the writers on the science, yet universally made use of by those who practise the art of blazonry.

    Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft

  • 'God has afflicted her,' so this simple-minded native, whom many men in their unthinking moments would call a canting, naked kanaka, says; but God has

    Susâni 1901

  • Punning (sometimes called canting) bookplates use an image relating to the owner's name.

    Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie

  • Like the old crests of heraldry, with their "canting" mottoes beneath, they are history in little, a war or a revolution distilled into the powerful attar of a single phrase.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860

  • Persevering, steady, crafty, and possessing, to an eminent degree, that happy art of "canting" which opens the readiest way to character and consequence, the rise and reputation of Mr. Vavasour

    The Disowned — Complete

  • Persevering, steady, crafty, and possessing, to an eminent degree, that happy art of "canting" which opens the readiest way to character and consequence, the rise and reputation of Mr. Vavasour Mordaunt appeared less to be wondered at than envied; yet, even envy was only for those who could not look beyond the surface of things.

    The Disowned — Volume 05

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