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a suffix of nouns, often concrete, denoting an action or resulting state (abridgment; refreshment), a product (fragment), or means (ornament).
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Origin of -ment
<French <Latin -mentum, suffix forming nouns, usually from verbs
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How to use -ment in a sentence
If it weren't for them blamed gov'-ment inspectors, I'd sure put a spoke in his wheel.
He'd sure have him persecuted fer 'sultin' a gov'ment servant when th' inspector come around.
The 'Merrikin gov'ment will never give him up, ven vunce they find as he's got money to spend, Sammy.The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
Nous avons du sang franais dans nos artres, et le sang franais ne ment pas!The Wasted Generation|Owen Johnson
The earliest settle ment was a town covering at least five acres, possibly nearly ten.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe|John M. Tyler
British Dictionary definitions for -ment
suffix forming nouns
indicating state, condition, or qualityenjoyment
indicating the result or product of an actionembankment
indicating process or actionmanagement
Word Origin for -ment
from French, from Latin -mentum
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