CANTING. Preaching with a whining, affected tone, perhaps
a corruption of chaunting; some derive it from Andrew
Cant, a famous Scotch preacher, who used that whining
manner of expression. Also a kind of gibberish used by
thieves and gypsies, called likewise pedlar's French, the
slang, &c. &c.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Cant"ing (?), a. Speaking in a
whining tone of voice; using technical or religious terms
affectedly; affectedly pious; as, a canting rogue; a
-- Cant"ing*ly, adv. --
Canting arms, Canting
heraldry (Her.), bearings in the nature of a
rebus alluding to the name of the bearer. Thus, the
Castletons bear three castles, and Pope Adrian IV.
(Nicholas Breakspeare) bore a broken spear.
Cant"ing, n. The use of cant;
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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