Etymology
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Words related to -ment

allurement (n.)

1540s, "means of alluring;" see allure (v.) + -ment. The meaning "act of alluring" is recorded from 1560s. The verbal noun alluring (n.) "action of attracting" is from 1530s; allurance (1580s) sometimes has been used as well.

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announcement (n.)

1798, from French announcement, from Old French anoncier "announce, proclaim" (see announce). Or else formed in English from announce + -ment. Earlier in same sense was announcing.

annulment (n.)

late 15c., "act of reducing to nothing;" see annul + -ment. The meaning "act of declaring invalid" (a statute, marriage, etc.) is recorded from 1660s; earlier in this sense was annulling (late 14c.).

apportionment (n.)

"a dividing into portions or shares," 1620s, from apportion + -ment. Perhaps influenced by French apportionnement. In U.S. especially of distribution of seats in the House of Representatives.

ascertainment (n.)

1650s, "a reducing to certainty;" see ascertain + -ment. From 1799 as "act of attaining certainty, discovery as a result of investigation."

assessment (n.)

1530s, "value of property for tax purposes," from assess + -ment. The meaning "act of determining or adjusting of tax rate, charges, damages, etc., to be paid" is from 1540s (earlier in this sense was assession, mid-15c.). The general sense of "estimation" is recorded from 1620s; in education jargon by 1956.

assortment (n.)

1610s, "action of arranging into kinds or classes," from assort + -ment. The sense of "group of things of the same sort" is attested from 1759; that of "group of arranged things whether of the same sort or not" from 1791.

astonishment (n.)

1590s, "state of being amazed or shocked with wonder;" see astonish + -ment. Earlier it meant "paralysis" (1570s).

atonement (n.)

1510s, "condition of being at one (with others)," a sense now obsolete, from atone + -ment. The theological meaning "reconciliation" (of man with God through the life, passion, and death of Christ) is from 1520s; that of "satisfaction or reparation for wrong or injury, propitiation of an offended party" is from 1610s.

attunement (n.)

"a bringing into harmony," 1820, from attune + -ment.

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