affectedly or hypocritically pious or righteous: a canting social reformer.
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How to use canting in a sentence
She complained that a canting waterman who was one of the brotherhood had held forth against her at a meeting.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
“A short half hour will bring down that canting sergeant and the guard upon us,” cried the leader.The Spy | J. Fenimore Cooper
Reaching the rail by the life-boat davits, he saw at once that the ship was canting far over.Tom Slade with the Colors | Percy K. Fitzhugh
When the Celestial Balances are canting, a man ought to exert himself.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XIII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
I knew you for a stout seaman, you rogue, before you took to this long-shore canting.The Dealings of Captain Sharkey | A. Conan Doyle