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I think Boris Artzybasheff was one of the greatest artists ever. His artistic explorations of emotional and mental states were, and are, absolutely stunning. He had a great gift for being able to draw and express such states perfectly. All of them instantly recognizable, so much so they come as a bit of a shock. Have a look here for more amazing art by Mr. Artzybasheff. Click for full size.
Adjective: affectedly pious or righteous <a canting moralist> [Origin: 5Cant.]
Adjective dialectal, England: Lively, Lusty. [Origin: Middle English, probably from Middle Low German kant.]
1: to give a cant or oblique edge to: bevel.
2: to set at an angle: Tilt.
3: Chiefly British: to throw with a lurch.
1: to pitch to one side: lean.
1: Obsolete: corner, niche.
2: an external angle (as of a building).
3: a log with one or more squared sides.
4a: an oblique or slanting surface b: inclination, slope.
[Origin: Middle English cant side, probably from Middle Dutch or Middle French dialect; Middle Dutch, edge, corner, from Middle French dialectal (Picard), from Latin canthus, cantus iron tire, perhaps of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cant rim; perhaps akin to Greek kanthos corner of the eye.]
1: having canted corners or sides.
1: to talk or beg in a whining or singsong manner.
2: to speak in cant or jargon.
3: to talk hypocritically.
[Origin: perhaps from Middle French dialect (Norman-Picard) canter to tell, literally, to sing from Latin cantare.]
1: affected singsong or whining speech.
2a: the private language of the underworld. b: obsolete: the phraseology peculiar to a religious class or sect. c: jargon.
3: a set or stock phrase.
4: the expression or repetition of conventional or trite opinions or sentiments; especially: the insincere use of pious words.
“You could certainly call it that,” said Cornish. “Pompous, canting old hypocrite!” he went on. “Everybody’s got it in for him. Throws his weight about, ultra sanctimonious, and neck deep in graft for years past!” – The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, Agatha Christie.