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Synonyms for cant

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  1. cant4

    must, be able to, can

  2. cantcontraction

    cannot; is unable to; does not have the ability to

    I can't quite get it to work.

    can, be able to, must

  3. cantcontraction

    To bevel an edge or corner.

    You can't enter the hall without a ticket.

    can, be able to, must

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cant

    Pretense (Latin prætendo) primarily signifies the holding something forward as having certain rights or claims, whether truly or falsely; in the good sense, it is now rarely used except with a negative; as, there can be no pretense that this is due; a false pretense implies the possibility of a true pretense; but, alone and unlimited, pretense commonly signifies the offering of something for what it is not. Hypocrisy is the false pretense of moral excellence, either as a cover for actual wrong, or for the sake of the credit and advantage attaching to virtue. Cant (Latin cantus, a song), primarily the singsong iteration of the language of any party, school, or sect, denotes the mechanical and pretentious use of religious phraseology, without corresponding feeling or character; sanctimoniousness is the assumption of a saintly manner without a saintly character. As cant is hypocrisy in utterance, so sanctimoniousness is hypocrisy in appearance, as in looks, tones, etc. Pietism, originally a word of good import, is now chiefly used for an unregulated emotionalism; formalism is an exaggerated devotion to forms, rites, and ceremonies, without corresponding earnestness of heart; sham (identical in origin with shame) is a trick or device that puts one to shame, or that shamefully disappoints expectation or falsifies appearance. Affectation is in matters of intellect, taste, etc., much what hypocrisy is in morals and religion; affectation might be termed petty hypocrisy. Compare DECEPTION.

    affectation, dissimulation, formalism, hypocrisy, pharisaism, pietism, pretense, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, sham

    candor, frankness, genuineness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, sincerity, transparency, truth, truthfulness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. buzzword, cantnoun

    stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition

    slang, camber, chamfer, patois, bevel, vernacular, argot, bank, pious platitude, lingo, buzzword, jargon

  2. bank, cant, cambernoun

    a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force

    argot, pious platitude, banking company, money box, banking concern, slang, chamfer, lingo, bank building, coin bank, patois, savings bank, vernacular, bevel, camber, jargon, bank, buzzword, depository financial institution

  3. slang, cant, jargon, lingo, argot, patois, vernacularnoun

    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

    "they don't speak our lingo"

    slang term, bevel, patois, slang, slang expression, vernacular, argot, pious platitude, lingo, camber, buzzword, jargon, chamfer, bank, jargoon

  4. cant, pious platitudenoun

    insincere talk about religion or morals

    slang, camber, chamfer, patois, bevel, vernacular, argot, bank, pious platitude, lingo, buzzword, jargon

  5. bevel, cant, chamferverb

    two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

    slang, bevel, camber, chamfer, patois, bevel square, vernacular, argot, bank, pious platitude, lingo, buzzword, jargon

  6. cant, cant over, tilt, slant, pitchverb

    heel over

    "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"

    set up, pitch, lean, huckster, lurch, wobble, peddle, vend, tip, slope, careen, shift, tilt, hawk, flip, cant over, monger, deliver, incline, weight, angle, sky, toss, slant, gear

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cantnoun

    whining or affected speech

  2. cantnoun

    hypocrisy, pretence

  3. cantnoun

    peculiar form of speech, professional terms

  4. cantnoun

    slang, barbarous jargon, low language, inelegant expression

  5. cantnoun

    auction, vendue, auction sale

  6. cantnoun

    turn, tilt, slant

  7. cantadjective

    hypocritical, insincere, hollow, canting

  8. cantadjective

    vulgar, barbarous, unauthorized, inelegant

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cantnoun

    slope, tilt, turn, bias, impulse, prating, idioms, parlance, vocabulary, affected piety, hypocrisy, slang, jargon, lingo, argot

  2. cantverb

    tilt, tip, incline

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How to use cant in a sentence?

  1. Egan Bernal:

    I cannot believe it. Its just incredible. I am sorry. I have no words, i still cant understand what is happening to me.

  2. Greg Sargent:

    Its also odd to hear the argument that no inquiry should happen simply because the Senate probably would never convict, impeachment hearings would be carried out tobenefit the public and the country, and thus cant turn on projections of the ultimate outcome. ...Just asduring the Nixon years, the first step is congressional investigations (which were seeing now), which then might lead to the opening of impeachment hearings. Those would weigh whether newly gathered facts merit impeachment or not, to inform the public of the momentous stakes and complexities involved in this decision.

  3. Tim Dunn:

    Im angry that someone could do this and then get on a plane and go, i cant believe shes living with herself.

  4. Maura McLaughlin:

    We dont know what theyre made of and one really important question is, How massive can you make one of these stars? It has implications for very exotic material that we simply cant create in a laboratory on Earth.

  5. Joel Noel:

    We need security, we need help for the people, we need justice, the people who cant fight are going to be the victims.

Translations for cant

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • лицеме́рие, преобръщане, наклон, жарго́н, окантвам, накланямBulgarian
  • argotCatalan, Valencian
  • Gaunersprache, Phrasendrescherrei, Redendes Wappen, kanten, abschrägen, Fachsprache, kippen, Jargon, Phrase, RotwelschGerman
  • argot, coa, jergaSpanish
  • mankuminen, kallistaa, kaltevuus, slangi, hurskastelu, höpöpuhe, jargonFinnish
  • armes parlantes, lange de bois, lamentation, langue de bois, argotFrench
  • zsargon, tolvajnyelv, képmutatásHungarian
  • 傾斜, 斜面, 隠語Japanese
  • neigen, boeventaal, huicheltaal, Bargoens, jargon, vaktaal, sprekend wapen, bedelaarsgekerm, hellingDutch
  • jargão, códigoPortuguese
  • лицеме́рие, фе́ня, [[блатно́й]] [[язы́к]], ха́нжество, кантовать, нытьё, [[та́йный]] [[язы́к]], жарго́н, перевёртываниеRussian
  • jargonTurkish

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