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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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cant(n)

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

  2. cant(v)

    tilt, tip, incline

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How to use cant in a sentence?

  1. John Thomas Lawler:

    She started on the shoulders and went around his body... Then the table dropped and he shouted Youre hurting me. You are hurting me. I cant feel my arms.

  2. Tiger Woods:

    Hes driving it 330 yards in the middle of the fairway. Hes got 9-irons when most of us are hitting 5-irons, 4-irons, and hes putting well, that adds up to a pretty substantial lead, and if he keeps doing what hes doing, theres no reason why he cant build on this lead.

  3. Wednesday Limbaugh:

    These people are gonna fix the planet! Theyre gonna save the planet! Climate change, all that? Theyre gonna save us from all this horrible pollution? They cant even empty the garbage right in their own cities!

  4. 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.

  5. Ken Cuccinellisaid:

    Later that night, Kelly was arrested by police and taken to jail. Police officers have frequently encountered dangerous lasers during protests across the country. ADepartment of Homeland Security report on the Portland protests mentions lasers being targeted at police or aircraft at least eight times. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinellisaid that multiple federal officers weretemporarily blinded by lasers during Portland protests. Weve had a number of officers who have days-long blindness. So far theyve all kind of come back, if you will, you also get whats called flash blindness, think of it as the old Kodak cameras where youd get that blue spot and you cant quite see your entire field of vision for a period of time.

Translations for cant

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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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