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  • verb Present participle of descant.

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Examples

  • This book was written from a point of view decidedly different from that of most writers on Liberia, whose tone is that of "gentle melancholy," descanting "upon the country and the people to whom it belongs as with a pen dipped in sighs."

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921

  • “What a boy he is,” Paula said to Graham, as they listened to Dick descanting to all and sundry on the virtues of his new night camera.

    CHAPTER XXIX

  • They don't see the "necessity of rules for civil order" and spend their days in the faculty lounge, descanting on their dangerous ideas, "that laws are just tools for the powerful to control the powerless and that words can't have fixed meanings."

    John Paul Rollert: A Coda to the Kagan Nomination: Empathy, Impartiality and the (Mis)Education of Jeff Sessions

  • They don't see the "necessity of rules for civil order" and spend their days in the faculty lounge, descanting on their dangerous ideas, "that laws are just tools for the powerful to control the powerless and that words can't have fixed meanings."

    John Paul Rollert: A Coda to the Kagan Nomination: Empathy, Impartiality and the (Mis)Education of Jeff Sessions

  • Into this, Joe, with little ceremony, and a good deal of noise, introduced the Quaker and Fairford; the first descanting on the immorality, the other on the illegality, of his proceedings; and he turned

    Redgauntlet

  • As they were descanting on this Subject, a Servant came and told them, that all was ready in the Arbour; and that the

    A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies

  • Security, they resolv'd not to go to Bed that Night; but sate up, often descanting on their Folly, in having admitted this Stranger, which was the

    A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies

  • Guards; is deeply read in the comparative merits of different bands, and the apparelling of trumpeters; and is very luminous indeed in descanting upon ‘crack regiments,’ and the ‘crack’ gentlemen who compose them, of whose mightiness and grandeur he is never tired of telling.

    Sketches by Boz

  • These reminiscences appeared to awaken no very torturing pangs in the breast of Mrs Snevellicci, who was sufficiently occupied in descanting to Nicholas upon the manifold accomplishments and merits of her daughter.

    Nicholas Nickleby

  • His agile intellect, as adept at descanting on Superman as Shakespeare, once prompted Anthony Burgess to declare enviously: "No man should know so much."

    Archive 2007-12-01

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