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dement

[ dih-ment ]

verb (used with object)

, Obsolete.
  1. to make mad or insane.


dement

/ dɪˈmɛnt /

verb

  1. intr to deteriorate mentally, esp because of old age
  2. rare.
    tr to drive mad; make insane


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Word History and Origins

Origin of dement1

1535–45; < Late Latin dēmentāre to deprive of mind, equivalent to Latin dēment- (stem of dēmēns ) out of one's mind ( dē- de- + ment- (stem of mēns ) mind) + -āre infinitive suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dement1

C16: from Late Latin dēmentāre to drive mad, from Latin de- + mēns mind

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Example Sentences

In the following year he organized the Dement Brothers Company and has continuously served as its president.

In 1907 he was elected to the vice presidency of the Dement Brothers Company and remained as manager as well.

Dement ceased speaking and stood in silhouette against the last yellow-and-black of the dead sunset.

John Dement had been chosen major by the members of three companies of Gen. Posey's brigade, which was a spy battalion.

Major John Dement, of Vandalia, was elected to the command of a spy battalion composed of three companies.

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