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He threw the helmet with a clatter on to the table as if it had been the knave's canting head.

His tongue is very voluble, which, with canting, proves him a linguist.

The sanctity of human life is the canting cry of the falsely sentimental.

To bed with you, you canting hypocrite; your wound makes you light-headed.

The uncle was a damn rebellious, canting, planting Scotchman.

She stretched her little figure, canting her head still more.

Some canting hypocrites are whining for us to civilize the Indians.

This bride was a canting hypocrite of sixty-three, covetous, and a termagant.

Canting crew, impostors who go about preaching, methodists, &c.

She had heard so much of the canting philosophy of the grapeless fox.

WORD ORIGIN

"insincere talk," 1709, earlier it was slang for "whining of beggars" (1640s), from the verb in this sense (1560s), from Old North French canter (Old French chanter) "to sing, chant," from Latin cantare, frequentative of canere "to sing" (see chant (v.)). Sense in English developed after 1680 to mean the jargon of criminals and vagabonds, thence applied contemptuously by any sect or school to the phraseology of its rival.

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