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a suffix of nouns, often concrete, denoting an action or resulting state (abridgment; refreshment), a product (fragment), or means (ornament).
< French < Latin -mentum, suffix forming nouns, usually from verbs Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ment


indicating state, condition, or quality enjoyment
indicating the result or product of an action embankment
indicating process or action management
Word Origin
from French, from Latin -mentum
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Word Origin and History for -ment
suffix forming nouns, originally from Fr. and representing L. -mentum, which was added to verb stems sometimes to represent the result or product of the action. Used with English verb stems from 16c. (e.g. merriment, which also illustrates the habit of turning -y to -i- before this suffix).
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