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cant in Linguistics topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcantcant1 /kænt/ noun [uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1 PRETENDinsincere talk about moral or religious principles by someone who is pretending to be better than they really are2 formalSL special words used by a particular group of people, especially in order to keep things secret syn slang 🔊 thieves’ cant
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cantIf there was one thing that he hated fervently it was affectation and cant.Along with that sound goes the overpowering stench of mendacity and cant.His viewpoint is remarkably free of idealism or cant.And yet their eyes, their lips, a certain shy grin or quizzical cant of an eyebrow, look strangely familiar.Instantly, Penn establishes himself as an unsympathetic Satan, even before he starts his white-supremacist cant.But what about the cant of usury and the mode of treating that he ought to know?Their cant was not religious but phrenological.