A Word A Day : Tantamount




Wednesday, 19th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...

Tantamount



( Adjective )


Pronunciation : tan-tuh-mount

1. equivalent, as in value, force, effect or signification

2. agreeing exactly in value, quantity, or effect

3. being essentially equal to something



Etymology:


Mid-17th century - Anglo-French tant amunter - amount to as much - Old French tant as much + amonter - to amount


Synonyms:


equal, equivalent, the same as, synonymous, as good as, identical, indistinguishable, close


Antonyms:


different, opposite, polar, reverse


Contextual Examples:


• The repudiation of theoretical scientific inquiry is
tantamount to a denial of what may be our most characteristically human trait.

• His request is nothing but
tantamount to a demand.

• His angry speech was
tantamount to a declaration of war.

• He gave an answer that was
tantamount to a refusal.


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