Words related to -ment

detainment (n.)

"act of detaining," 1580s; see detain + -ment.

dethronement (n.)

"act or fact of removing from a throne or deposing from power," 1707; see dethrone + -ment.

development (n.)

1756, "a gradual unfolding, a full working out or disclosure of the details of something;" see develop + -ment. Meaning "the internal process of expanding and growing" is by 1796; sense of "advancement through progressive stages" is by 1836. 

Of property, with a sense of "a bringing out of the latent possibilities" for use or profit, from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902.

devilment (n.)

"trickery, roguishness, mischief, action befitting a devil," 1771; see devil + -ment.

disagreement (n.)

late 15c., "refusal to agree or assent," from disagree + -ment. From 1570s as "difference in form or essence," also "difference of opinion or sentiments," perhaps a separate formation from dis- + agreement. From 1580s as "a falling out, contention." As "unsuitableness, unfitness," by 1702.

disappointment (n.)

1610s, "defeat or failure of hope or expectation," from French désappointement or else a native formation from disappoint + -ment. Meaning "feeling of being disappointed" is from 1756. Meaning "a thing that disappoints" is from 1756.

disbursement (n.)

1590s, "action or fact of paying out or expending;" see disburse + -ment. From c. 1600 as "money paid out,"

discernment (n.)

1580s, "keenness of intellectual perception, insight, acuteness of judgment;" see discern + -ment. From 1680s as "act of perceiving by the intellect."

Penetration, or insight, goes to the heart of a subject, reads the inmost character, etc. Discrimination marks the differences in what it finds. Discernment combines both these ideas. [Century Dictionary]
discouragement (n.)

1560s, "state of being discouraged;" c. 1600, "act of discouraging;" 1610s, "that which discourages;" see discourage + -ment. Perhaps based on French descouragement (12c.).

disenchantment (n.)

"act or state of being freed from enchantment," 1610s, from disenchant + -ment.

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