tantamount

[ tan-tuh-mount ]
/ ˈtæn təˌmaʊnt /

adjective

equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification: His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war.

Nearby words

  1. tantalizing,
  2. tantalous,
  3. tantalum,
  4. tantalus,
  5. tantalus monkey,
  6. tantara,
  7. tantivy,
  8. tanto,
  9. tantra,
  10. tantric

Origin of tantamount

1635–45; adj. use of obsolete noun: that which amounts to as much, itself noun use of obsolete v.: to amount to as much < Anglo-French tant amunter or Italian tanto montare to amount to as much. See tanto, amount

Can be confusedparamount tantamount

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British Dictionary definitions for tantamount

tantamount

/ (ˈtæntəˌmaʊnt) /

adjective

(postpositive foll by to) as good (as); equivalent in effect (to)his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt

Word Origin for tantamount

C17: basically from Anglo-French tant amunter to amount to as much, from tant so much + amunter to amount

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Word Origin and History for tantamount

tantamount

adj.

1640s, from verbal phrase tant amount "be equivalent" (1620s), from Anglo-French tant amunter "amount to as much" (late 13c.), from Old French tant "as much" (from Latin tantus, from tam "so") + amonter "amount to, go up" (see amount).

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