rent paid in kind, especially a percentage of a farm crop.
- Also Scot., kane .
Other definitions for Cain (2 of 3)
the first son of Adam and Eve, who murdered his brother Abel. Genesis 4.
- Cainism, noun
- Cain·it·ic [key-nit-ik], /keɪˈnɪt ɪk/, adjective
Other definitions for Cain (3 of 3)
James M., 1892–1977, U.S. novelist.
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How to use cain in a sentence
As Claire cain Miller of The New York Times points out, “workplaces could be seen as paying women to put off childbearing.”Don’t Be Fooled by Apple and Facebook, Egg Freezing Is Not a Benefit | Samantha Allen | October 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He brought me a box of James M. cain and Raymond Chandler paperbacks, and I said, “Which one should I start with?”Frances McDormand on 'Olive Kitteridge,' Dropping LSD, and Her Beef With FX's 'Fargo' | Marlow Stern | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mundt had settled for Santorum after her first choice, Herman cain, dropped out of the race.
Herman cain walked out on stage wearing a gold, slightly metallic tie.Sympathy for the Devils: Scenes From the Social Conservative Collapse | Olivia Nuzzi | June 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Herman cain is just awaiting a sign like the one handed down to him in 2011.Judging by the GOP, God Can’t Pick a Campaign Winner | Brandy Zadrozny | June 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In one of them, descriptive of antediluvial history, is a painting of Lamech shooting cain with a bow and arrow.
At the touch, brutus trembled with hate; at the order, his countenance fell like cain's.It Is Never Too Late to Mend | Charles Reade
That was what Chrysophrasia meant with her disgusting personalities about cain and Abel.Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford
Again, if discussion was fruitful of results with Abel, must it be the same with cain?My Recollections of Lord Byron | Teresa Guiccioli
When the light held out until late, they had time to visit old Paris with the books of Georges cain for guides.Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for cain (1 of 2)
history (in Scotland and Ireland) payment in kind, usually farm produce paid as rent
British Dictionary definitions for Cain (2 of 2)
the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:1–16)
to cause a commotion
to react or protest heatedly
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cain
see raise Cain.
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