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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Definitions for armamentarium

  1. the aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties: The stethoscope is still an essential part of the physician's armamentarium.
  2. a fruitful source of devices or materials available or used for an undertaking: The new arts center is an armamentarium for creative activity.

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Citations for armamentarium
By identifying a fresh target for therapy—the TB bacterium's waxy outer jacket—the new research lays the groundwork for adding to the armamentarium against TB ... Melissa Healy, "Scientists have a promising new approach for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis," Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2018
With such powerful tastes and bold sauces in the chef's armamentarium, one has to expect that not every dish will work. Peter Kaminsky, "Tompkins Square Riot," New York, March 25, 1996
Origin of armamentarium
1855-1860
English armamentarium is taken straight from the Latin noun armāmentārium “armory, arsenal, storehouse for military equipment.” The base of the Latin compound noun is the neuter plural noun arma “arms, weapons,” from which the verb armāre “to fit or equip with weapons” derives. From the verb armāre and the suffix -mentum, used to form concrete objects, the noun armāmentum is formed. The resulting armāmentum is completed by the very common adjective and noun suffix -ārium (from -arius), showing location. Armamentarium entered English in the 17th century in the sense “arsenal.” The broader sense of armamentarium dates from the 19th century.