Words related to -ment

instatement (n.)

"act of instating," 1670s, from instate + -ment.

internment (n.)

1840, "confinement within a place," from intern (v.1) + -ment. Compare French internement. Internment camp is attested from 1916.

investment (n.)

1590s, "act of putting on vestments" (a sense now found in investiture); later "act of being invested with an office, right, endowment, etc." (1640s); and "surrounding and besieging" of a military target (1811); from invest + -ment.

Commercial sense of "an investing of money or capital" is from 1610s, originally in reference to the East India Company; general use is from 1740 in the sense of "conversion of money to property in hopes of profit," and by 1837 in the sense "amount of money invested." For evolution of the commercial senses, see invest.

languishment (n.)

1540s, "sorrow caused by love;" 1590s, "sickness; mental distress," from languish (v.) + -ment.

management (n.)

1590s, "act of managing by direction or manipulation," from manage + -ment. Sense of "act of managing by physical manipulation" is from 1670s. Meaning "governing body, directors of an undertaking collectively" (originally of a theater) is from 1739.

measurement (n.)

1718, "act of measuring," from measure (v.) + -ment. Meaning "a dimension ascertained by measuring" is from 1748. Related: Measurements.

misstatement (n.)

"a wrong statement, an erroneous account or relation," 1783, from misstate + -ment or else from mis- + statement.

mistreatment (n.)

"abuse, wrong or unkind treatment," 1716, from mistreat + -ment. The earlier noun was mistreating (mid-15c.).

pesterment (n.)

"act of pestering; state of being pestered," 1590s, from pester + -ment.

She cries, 'Don't thee trouble thyself, Neighbour: Let them play a little; I'll put all to rights myself before I go.' But Things are never so put to rights, but that I find a great deal of Work to do after they are gone. Thus, Sir, I have all the Trouble and Pesterment of Children, without the pleasure of—calling them my own .... [Ben Franklin, "The Busy-Body," Feb. 25, 1728 (29)]

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