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Synonyms for cant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buzzword, cant(noun)

    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, camber(noun)

    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, vernacular(noun)

    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 platitude(noun)

    insincere talk about religion or morals

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

  5. bevel, cant, chamfer(verb)

    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, pitch(verb)

    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


  1. cant(2)

    can, must, be able to

  2. cant(2)

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

    I can't quite get it to work.

    must, be able to, can

  3. cant(contraction)

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cant(n.)

    whining or affected speech

  2. cant(n.)

    hypocrisy, pretence

  3. cant(n.)

    peculiar form of speech, professional terms

  4. cant(n.)

    slang, barbarous jargon, low language, inelegant expression

  5. cant(n.)

    auction, vendue, auction sale

  6. cant(n.)

    turn, tilt, slant

  7. cant(a.)

    hypocritical, insincere, hollow, canting

  8. cant(a.)

    vulgar, barbarous, unauthorized, inelegant

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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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