descant
[ des-kant ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Late-Middle English from the Old French; deschant, from medieval Latin discantus "part-song, refrain"
Synonyms
    1.
  • sing
    2.
  • comment discuss remark
Antonyms
    1.
  • unavailable
    2.
  • remain silent
Definition
1. to sing
2. to comment or discourse at great length
Examples
1. A) We all waited for her to descant and begin the show. B) Once he began to descant, everyone became spellbound by his voice.
2. A) The scholars would descant to one another, boring everyone out of their minds while they waited for a resolution. B) The footnote in question tried to descant in detail on the legend and ended up extending to several pages.
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