cant+language

  • 1 Cant (language) — This article is about the linguistic concept of a cant. For the Irish Cant (also known as Shelta/Gammon), see Shelta. A Cant (or crypolect) is the jargon or argot of a group, often implying its use to exclude or mislead people outside the… …

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  • 2 Cant — or canting may refer to:*Empty, hypocritical talk See [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cant wiktionary article] *Cant (language), a secret language **Thieves cant **Shelta language or the Cant, a language used by the Irish Travellers *Cant… …

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  • 3 Language game — A language game (also called secret language or ludling) is a system of manipulating spoken words to render them incomprehensible to the untrained ear. Language games are used primarily by groups attempting to conceal their conversations from… …

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  • 4 Cant — Cant, v. i. 1. To speak in a whining voice, or an affected, singsong tone. [1913 Webster] 2. To make whining pretensions to goodness; to talk with an affectation of religion, philanthropy, etc.; to practice hypocrisy; as, a canting fanatic. [1913 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Cant — Cant, n. [Prob. from OF. cant, F. chant, singing, in allusion to the singing or whining tine of voice used by beggars, fr. L. cantus. See {Chant}.] 1. An affected, singsong mode of speaking. [1913 Webster] 2. The idioms and peculiarities of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 cant — now usually means ‘insincere pious or moral talk’: • shameful surrender to the prevalent cant and humbug of the age Daily Telegraph, 1992. Its older (18c–19c) and often derogatory meaning, ‘the secret language or jargon used by certain classes or …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 Cant — Cant, a. Of the nature of cant; affected; vulgar. [1913 Webster] To introduce and multiply cant words in the most ruinous corruption in any language. Swift. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 cant — Ⅰ. cant [1] ► NOUN 1) hypocritical and sanctimonious talk. 2) derogatory language peculiar to a specified group. 3) (before another noun ) denoting a phrase or catchword temporarily current: a cant word. ► VERB dated ▪ talk hypocritically and… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 cant — [n1] hypocritical statement affected piety, deceit, dishonesty, humbug, hypocrisy, hypocriticalness, insincerity, lip service*, pecksniffery, pharisaicalness, pious platitudes, pomposity, pretense, pretentiousness, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 language — 1 Language, dialect, tongue, speech, idiom are comparable when they denote a body or system of words and phrases used by a large community (as of a region) or by a people, a nation, or a group of nations. Language may be used as a general term… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 cant — n 1 jargon, argot, *dialect, lingo, vernacular, slang, patois Analogous words: phraseology, vocabulary, diction, *language: idiom, speech (see LANGUAGE 2) *hypocrisy, sanctimony, pharisaism …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 cant — index jargon (technical language), palter, phraseology Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 13 language — [n] system of words for communication accent, argot, articulation, brogue, cant, communication, conversation, dialect, diction, dictionary, discourse, doublespeak*, expression, gibberish, idiom, interchange, jargon, lexicon, lingua franca,… …

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  • 14 Cant. — abbr. Canticles (Old Testament). * * * 1. Canterbury. 2. Cantonese. * * * abbrev 1. Canterbury 2. Canticles * * * cant1 «kant», noun, adjective, verb. –n. 1. talk that is not sincere; moral or religious statements t …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 language — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) System of communication Nouns 1. language, tongue, lingo, vernacular, mother tongue, protolanguage; living or dead language; idiom, parlance, phraseology; wording; dialect, patois, cant, jargon, lingo,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 cant — cant1 cantingly, adv. /kant/, n. 1. insincere, esp. conventional expressions of enthusiasm for high ideals, goodness, or piety. 2. the private language of the underworld. 3. the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession, etc …

    Universalium

  • 17 cant — Synonyms and related words: Aesopian language, Babel, Greek, L, Pecksniffery, Tartuffery, Tartuffism, about ship, affectation, affectedness, alert, angle, angularity, animate, animated, apex, argot, ascend, babble, back and fill, bank, be… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 Cant —    The term used for the language used by Travelers in Ireland and Scotland. These are two distinct varieties of English. The syntax and grammar are English, but the vocabulary comes from many sources, including the medieval vocabularies known as …

    Historical dictionary of the Gypsies

  • 19 cant — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, probably from Middle Low German *kant Date: 14th century dialect England lively, lusty II. verb Etymology: 3cant Date: circa 1543 transitive verb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 cant — I [[t]kænt[/t]] n. 1) insincere or hypocritical statements, esp. pious platitudes 2) ling. the private language of the underworld 3) ling. the words and phrases peculiar to a particular class, profession, etc 4) whining or singsong speech 5) to… …

    From formal English to slang


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