Descanted
Descant Des*cant" (d[e^]s*k[a^]nt"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Descanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descanting}.] [From descant; n.; or directly fr. OF. descanter, deschanter; L. dis- + cantare to sing.] 1. To sing a variation or accomplishment. [1913 Webster]

2. To comment freely; to discourse with fullness and particularity; to discourse at large. [1913 Webster]

A virtuous man should be pleased to find people descanting on his actions. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


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