(Latin: a suffix; result of, means of, act of; place of action)

The suffix -meant is a final word element derived through Middle English and French from the Latin suffix -ment(um), originally used to form agent and action nouns from verbs, now used to form nouns and denominative verbs in several related senses:

  1. "An action, process, or skill" denoted by the combining root: rearmament, tournament, management.
  2. "A result, object, or agent of an action" named by the joining root: entombment, enthrallment, agreement.
  3. "The means or instrument of an action": implement, medicament, reinforcement.
  4. "The place of an action" named by the first root: battlement, ambushment, settlement.
  5. "A state or condition" specified by the first root: bewilderment, predicament, bereavement.

The verb combinations show no change in basic form: cement, compliment, lament.

Principal parts: -menting, -mented, -mented.

Related forms: -mentum (singular); -menta, -menti, -ments (plurals).

enactment (s) (noun), enactments (pl)
1. The approval of a law by a legislative body: The enactment of the law proved to be one of great concern to the country.

An enactment is also the legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body.
2. The act or situation of acting the part of a character on stage: An enactment on stage dramatically represents the characters by speech, action, and gestures.

enchantment (s) (noun), enchantments (pl)
1. Something that delights or captivates.
2. The act of producing certain wonderful effects by the invocation or aid of demons, or the agency of certain supposed spirits; the use of magic arts, spells or charms; incantation.
3. An irresistible influence or an overpowering influence of delight.
4. Etymology: from about 1297, from Old French enchantement, from enchanter, "bewitch, charm"; from Latin incantare, literally, "to chant (a magic spell) upon"; from in-, "upon, into" + cantare, "to sing".
endorsement, indorsement (s) (noun), enddorsements, indorsements (pl)
endowment (s) (noun), endowments (pl)
1. An amount of income, or property, that has been provided to a person or institution; especially, an educational institution: "The endowment which was given to the university was much appreciated and allowed the music department to establish a scholarship."

"While attending the university, Stella benefited from the endowment that had been given to the history department, the income of which provided a modest income for her to continue her studies."

2. Having received a natural ability or quality; such as, an attribute of mind or body; a gift of nature: "A sharp mind was just one of her many endowments."
establishment (s) (noun), establishments (pl)
1. The action of creating or beginning a system or organization: The politicians suggested having an establishment of a "Save the Forests" group starting the following month!
2. A business or organization that is located in a certain building or place: The finest establishment for good food is the one on High Street called Carla's!
3. An important and leading group of people within a certain profession or sector of activity: The school administration and teaching establishment all voted for having smart boards put into all of the classrooms in their schools.
The act of evincing or proving, or the state of being evinced or displayed clearly.
excitement (s) (noun), excitements (pl)
1. The state of being emotionally aroused and worked up.
2. The feeling or condition of lively enjoyment or pleasant anticipation: "She was finding it difficult to control her excitement about the trip."
3. The act or process of stimulating something.
4. Something that engages people's attention or emotions in a lively and compelling way.
1. A very fine thread or threadlike structure; a fiber or fibril; such as, filaments of gold.
2. A single fibril of natural or synthetic textile fiber, of indefinite length, sometimes several miles long.
3. A long slender cell or series of attached cells; such as, in some algae and fungi.
4. In botany, the stalklike portion of a stamen, supporting the anther.
5. In a light bulb or other incandescent lamp; the threadlike conductor, often of tungsten, in the bulb that is heated to incandescence by the passage of current.