Etymology
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Words related to -ment

placement (n.)

"a putting, placing or setting; action of placing; fact of being placed," 1835, from place (v.) + -ment.

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postponement (n.)

"act of deferring to a future time," 1770, from postpone + -ment. Johnson (1755) has postponence.

preferment (n.)

mid-15c., preferrement, "furtherance of an undertaking; advancement or promotion in status; a prior claim or right," from prefer + -ment. From 1530s as "a superior place or office," especially in the Church.

pronouncement (n.)

"act of pronouncing; a proclamation or formal announcement," 1590s, from pronounce + -ment.

publishment (n.)

"act of proclaiming, public exposure," late 15c., from publish (v.) + -ment. In American English, "official notice by a civic or religious official of an intended marriage" (by 1722).

puzzlement (n.)

"bewilderment, state of being puzzled," by 1802, from puzzle (v.) + -ment. From 1842 as "a thing that puzzles" (compare puzzler). In the former sense Richardson used puzzledom (1748).

recruitment (n.)

"act or business of recruiting, act of raising new supplies of men for an army or navy," 1795, from recruit (v.) + -ment. The earlier noun was recruiting (1640s).

re-enactment (n.)

also reenactment, 1780, "the enacting (of a law) a second time;" see re-enact + -ment.

refinement (n.)

1610s, "act or process of refining; state of being pure or purified," from refine + -ment. The meaning "fineness of feeling, state of being free from what is coarse or debasing" is from 1710; that of "that which proceeds from refinement or the desire to be refined, an improvement of language, taste, etc., or an alteration in them for the better" is from 1670s (Dryden). Related: Refinements.

Refinement is properly most negative, representing a freeing from what is gross, coarse, rude, and the like, or a bringing of one out of a similar condition in which he is supposed to have been at the start. Cultivation and culture represent the person or the better part of him as made to grow by long-continued and thorough work. [Century Dictionary, 1900]
We cannot reasonably expect, that a piece of woollen cloth will be wrought to perfection in a nation which is ignorant of astronomy, or where ethics are neglected. [Hume, "Of Refinement in the Arts"]
reimbursement (n.)

"act of refunding, repayment," 1610s, from reimburse + -ment.

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