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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
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  That cant and hypocrisy which had taken possession of the people’s minds in the times of the great rebellion.
Joseph Addison.    
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  The superabundance of phrases appropriated by some pious authors to the subject of religion, and never applied to any other purpose, has not only the effect of disgusting persons of taste, but of obscuring religion itself. As they are seldom defined, and never exchanged for equivalent words, they pass current without being understood. They are not the vehicle, they are the substitute, of thought.
Robert Hall: Review of Foster’s Essays.    
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  There is such a thing as a peculiar word or phrase cleaving, as it were, to the memory of the writer or speaker, and presenting itself to his utterance at every turn. When we observe this, we call it a cant word or a cant phrase.
William Paley.    
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  The affectation of some late authors to introduce and multiply cant words is the most ruinous corruption in any language.
Jonathan Swift.    
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