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Synonyms for cant

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  1. cant2

    can, must, be able to

  2. cant2

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

    I can't quite get it to work.

    must, be able to, can

  3. cantcontraction

    is forbidden to; is not permitted to

    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. Anthony Fauci:

    The way it happened is that after [President Trump] made that statement [suggesting China could have revealed the discovery of a new coronavirus threeto fourmonths earlier], I told the appropriate people, it doesnt comport, because twoor threemonths earlier would have been September, the next time they sit down with him and talk about what hes going to say, they will say, By the way, Mr. President, be careful about this and dont say that. But I cant jump in front of the microphone and push him down. OK, he said it. Lets try and get it corrected for the next time.

  2. Robert Citino:

    The units they could bring up were Volksgrenadier made up of substandard manpower combed out of the rear areas, hospitals and administrative posts, if you are moving ahead with substandard infantry you cant get real far. Even with better weapons [it] isnt going to help enough. It isnt a winning combination.

  3. The ACEP:

    CORONAVIRUS : BIOTECH COMPANY SHIPS FIRST BATCHES OF VACCINE, TO BE TESTED ON HUMANS : REPORT Nurses at a drive-up coronavirus testing station set up by the University of Washington Medical Center sanitize their hands after taking a nose swab sample from a person in a car Friday, March 13, 2020, in Seattle. ( AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) A 70-year-old physician in Paterson, N.J., -- who leads the emergency preparedness unit at an institution in the state -- was admitted to a hospitallast week with upper respiratory problems and remains isolated in intensive care. In Washington, an emergency physician in his 40s is in stable but critical condition after having symptoms consistent with the COVID-19. Itsunknown whether the virus was spread at work or in the community, The ACEP said. He worked at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland, Wash., where at least 15 people have died from the virus, according to the New York Times. Its located near the Seattle area, whichis known as the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the U.S. This was an area with an outbreak, so they were expecting and prepared. That obviously makes us more nervous.Dr. Angela Fusaro, an emergency doctor in Georgia told the paper. NEW YORK CITY CLOSING MOVIE THEATERS, ENTERTAINMENT VENUES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS The recent shortage of N-95 protective masksis also worrisome fordoctors, who need them to treat patients, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams wrote on Twitter in late February. They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers cant get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk !

  4. Real Live Preacher:

    One thing is clear to me. You cant know everything youd like to know. You cant do everything youd like to do. You cant read everything youd like to read. You must hold onto some things and let go of others. Learning to make that choice is one of the big lessons of this life.

  5. Chris Olave:

    (Surtain) is long, fast, physical cant really ask for much more in a DB, and I played against Okudah last year, and hes equal to him. Hes a great player.

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  • лицеме́рие, преобръщане, накланям, окантвам, жарго́н, наклонBulgarian
  • argotCatalan, Valencian
  • Phrase, Rotwelsch, Jargon, kippen, Gaunersprache, Fachsprache, abschrägen, kanten, Redendes Wappen, PhrasendrescherreiGerman
  • coa, argot, jergaSpanish
  • höpöpuhe, jargon, hurskastelu, slangi, kaltevuus, kallistaa, mankuminenFinnish
  • langue de bois, argot, armes parlantes, lamentation, lange de boisFrench
  • tolvajnyelv, képmutatás, zsargonHungarian
  • 傾斜, 隠語, 斜面Japanese
  • Bargoens, vaktaal, helling, sprekend wapen, huicheltaal, bedelaarsgekerm, neigen, boeventaal, jargonDutch
  • código, jargãoPortuguese
  • ха́нжество, [[та́йный]] [[язы́к]], [[блатно́й]] [[язы́к]], кантовать, жарго́н, перевёртывание, нытьё, лицеме́рие, фе́няRussian
  • jargonTurkish

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