[am-uh nt, ey-muh nt]
Origin of ament1
1785–95; < New Latin, Latin āmentum strap, thong
[ey-ment, ey-muh nt]
- a person who has amentia.
Origin of ament2
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Examples from the Web for ament
Sam's two years at Ament's were now complete, and Orion induced him to take employment on the Journal.
At Ament's he generally had a daily task, either of composition or press-work, after which he was free.
I got one suit and took the rest out in Ament's old garments, which didn't fit me in any noticeable way.
When he had been with Ament little more than a year Sam had become office favorite and chief standby.
Then it suddenly developed that the cable report had "grossly exaggerated" the amount of Mr. Ament's collections.
- another name for catkin Also called: amentum (əˈmɛntəm)
C18: from Latin āmentum strap, thong
- psychiatry a mentally deficient person
C19: from Latin āment-, āmens without mind; see amentia
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Word Origin and History for ament
"person born an idiot," 1894, from Latin amentia "madness," from amentem "mad," from a- "away from" + mentem "mind" (see mind (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A person whose intellectual capacity remains undeveloped.
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- See catkin.
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