a suffix of nouns, often concrete, denoting an action or resulting state (abridgment; refreshment), a product (fragment), or means (ornament).
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a person who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others.
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Origin of -ment
< French < Latin -mentum, suffix forming nouns, usually from verbs
Words nearby -ment
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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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