common cant

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  • This is the common cant of those who become critics for the sake of distinction. Cited from Lectures on Art, by Washington Allston
  • The common cant is no justification for taking this party. Cited from Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12), by Burke
  • There is none of the common cant or the common plausibilities. Cited from Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O, by Various
  • Her answer came as a slap in the face, as I had always imagined her above the common cant of ordinary religionists. Cited from My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin
  • Wood calls him a sider with all times and changes; skilled in the common cant, and a preacher occasionally. Cited from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Lord Braybrooke/Editor
  • As the reader may suppose, I paid but little heed to this expression, which I looked on as no more than the common cant of the aged. Cited from The Life of Gen. Francis Marion, by M. L. Weems
  • The common cant of criticism for generations had been that "sense" and "reason" were to be the only criteria. Cited from The English Novel, by George Saintsbury
  • PAL is a common cant word for brother or friend, and it is purely Gipsy, having come directly from that language, without the slightest change. Cited from The English Gipsies and Their Language, by Charles G. Leland
  • I verily believe, that half this common cant arose from jealousy of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Cited from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 340, February 1844, Vol. 55
  • This is a common cant with poor deluded girls, who are not aware that they themselves make their fate by their folly, and then complain there is no resisting it. Cited from Stories for the Young, Vol. 6, by Hannah More
  • Do not imagine by these observations that I am not loyal; without joining in the common cant of the best of kings, I respect the King most sincerely as a good man. Cited from Peter Plymley's Letters etc.
  • This is a common cant phrase amongst Dublin reprobates. Cited from Tales and Novels, Vol. IV, by Maria Edgeworth
  • It is not unlikely that men imprisoned for other crimes, might represent themselves to casual enquirers, as suffering for puritanism, and that this might be the common cant of the prisons. Cited from Notes to Shakespeare, Vol. I, by Samuel Johnson
  • Milton's learning, which acquainted him with the manners of the ancient eastern nations, and his invention, which required no assistance from the common cant of poetry, have preserved him from frequent outrages of local or chronological propriety. Cited from The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D, In Nine Volumes, by Samuel Johnson
  • He talked to me in the usual style, with a great profession of zeal for the public good, which is the common cant of all projectors in their Bills, from a First Minister of State down to a corn-cutter. Cited from The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII, by Jonathan Swift
  • One's heart and soul are becoming weary of this sympathy, this heartless mockery of feeling; sick of the common cant of hypocrisy, wreathing the artificial flowers of sentiment over unutterable pollution and unimaginable wrong. Cited from The Complete Works of John Greenleaf Whittier