cant·​ing ˈkan-tiŋ How to pronounce canting (audio)
: affectedly pious or righteous
a canting moralist

Examples of canting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To achieve her extremely light displacement, the ClubSwan125 has a deep canting keel to reduce weight and increase righting moment. Bill Springer, Forbes, 6 July 2021

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cant entry 2

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of canting was in 1663

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“Canting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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