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noun [U] uk   /kænt/ us  
statements, especially on religious or moral subjects, that are not sincerely believed by the person making them: Shelley's friendship with Byron was rooted in their shared contempt for cant and hypocrisy. special words used by a particular group of people such as thieves, lawyers, or priests, often in order to keep things secret
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