Word of the Day Archive
Saturday August 3, 2002
concomitant \kuhn-KOM-uh-tuhnt\ , adjective:
1. Accompanying; attendant; occurring or existing concurrently.
1. Something that accompanies or is collaterally connected with something else; an accompaniment.
For a filmmaker so obsessed with these issues, it is a sad irony that his fear of things going wrong--and his concomitant mania for clockwork control--should have been a major reason for the failure of . . . his final film.
-- Michiko Kakutani, "A Connoisseur of Cool Tries to Raise the Temperature", New York Times, July 18, 1999
In short, the inevitable concomitant of autocracy . . . is aggression and imperialism.
-- Martin Malia, Russia Under Western Eyes
Concomitant comes from the present participle of Latin concomitari, to accompany, from com- (used intensively) + comitari, to accompany, from comes, comit-, a companion.