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cant - verb

To talk in a singsong, preaching, whining tone; to speak tediously with affected solemnity.


Monotonous speech crammed with platitudes; the special vocabulary of a group or profession; whining speech.

All gentle cant and philosophizing to the contrary notwithstanding, no people in this world ever did achieve their freedom by goody-goody talk and moral suasion: it being immutable law that all revolutions that will succeed, must begin in blood.

—Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

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