Cant Cant, n. [Prob. from OF. cant, F. chant, singing, in allusion to the singing or whining tine of voice used by beggars, fr. L. cantus. See {Chant}.] 1. An affected, singsong mode of speaking. [1913 Webster]

2. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The cant of any profession. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity; empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; hypocrisy. [1913 Webster]

They shall hear no cant from me. --F. W. Robertson [1913 Webster]

4. Vulgar jargon; slang; the secret language spoker by gipsies, thieves, tramps, or beggars. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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