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cant

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the degree to which something rises up from a position level with the horizon
  • a steep cant of the riverbank at that turn in the river

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cant

noun (2)

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1 the pretending of having virtues, principles, or beliefs that one in fact does not have
  • many accused the evangelist of cant, since his lavish lifestyle seemed to bear little resemblance to what he was preaching

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2 the special terms or expressions of a particular group or field
  • the colorful cant used by movie producers and publicity agents in Hollywood

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cant

adjective

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running in a slanting direction
  • the cant buttresses on the interior walls are made of solid oak

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cant

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of cant (Entry 4 of 4)

to set or cause to be at an angle
  • carefully canted the ladder against the wall

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The first known use of cant was in the 14th century

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“Cant.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cant. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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