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descant

[ noun, adjective des-kant; verb des-kant, dis- ]SEE DEFINITION OF descant
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  • verbremark

Synonyms for descant

  • comment
  • criticism
  • discussion
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Antonyms for descant

  • quiet
  • silence
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESCANT

After all this, might we descant upon the squire's characteristics.

It is easy for us now to descant on the virtues of moderation.

He tried to descant upon the weather, but the subject failed him.

But he did not choose to descant upon his gracelessness to Margery.

It is unnecessary to descant upon the economy of this procedure.

Philosophers, summon moralists to your aid, and descant on this subject.

I was too glad to get into it then, to descant upon its demerits now.

To descant on the merits of this edition to-day were foolish.

He then began with all the volubility of a chalan to descant on the points of the animal.

It was very pleasant to hear Mr. Thorne descant on this matter.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old North French descant (Old French deschant), from Medieval Latin discantus "refrain, part-song," from Latin dis- "asunder, apart" (see dis-) + cantus "song" (see chant). Spelling was partly Latinized 16c. Originally "counterpoint."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DESCANT

air

nounmusical tune
  • aria
  • descant
  • lay
  • melody
  • song
  • strain
  • theme

aria

nounoperatic solo

chanted

verbsing simple song or song part
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