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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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British Dictionary definitions for -ment

-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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