(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).

deportment (s) (noun), deportments (pl)
The way a person or people conduct or behave themselves; especially, according to an acceptable code of social behavior: The parents were told that if their daughter's deportment didn't improve, the school principal would have to expel her.

The football team was told on several occasions that they were required to follow the rules of good deportment on and off the field.

As the manager of the store, in addition to being in charge of the administration of the products being sold, he or she is also responsible for the deportment of the employees who are serving the customers.

A manner or way of behaving.
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Behavior or conduct.
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depravement (s) (noun), depravements (pl)
1. A condition in which someone speaks ill of, maligns, or reviles another person: During the trial, the man's wife, Anita, testified about his depravements; including being a liar about his immoral relations with other women.
2. That which is bad or worse: The depravement of the administrators of the newspaper was revealed by Sam, one of its reporters.
derailment (s) (noun), derailments (pl)
1. The accident of a train leaving the rails along which it had been traveling: The derailment happened when the two trains ran into each other.
2. The case of a debate or a discussion being sidetracked from the initial topic: While talking about general illnesses, Mary suddenly asked a question about the bus schedule which caused a derailment away from the topic of people's ailments.
detriment (s) (noun), detriments (pl)
1. Damage, spoil, or disadvantage: The rainstorm caused a huge detriment to the relay races that were planned by the school.
2. Something that causes harm or injury: Not wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle can possibly result in detriment to that person's head.
3. Etymology: from Latin detrimentum, from detri-, stem of detere, "to wear away"; from de-, "away" + terere, "to rub, to wear".
1. The delegation of authority; especially, from a central to a regional government.
2. The act or process of devolving (passing responsibilities or rights to another); devolution.
disagreement (s) (noun), disagreements (pl)
disappointment (s) (noun) disappointments (pl)
1. A person, thing, or event that lets down or disheartens: Jeff turned out to be a disappointment to his mom and dad.
2. An instance of, or an emotion of, being dejected, disillusioned, or dissatisfied: It was certainly a big disappointmen when Rose and her family didn't come to the reunion.
discernment (s) (noun), discernments (pl)
1. The ability to see and to understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently: Jake's lack of discernment led to his disastrous choice of business partners.
2. The act or process of perceiving something or exhibiting keen insight and good judgment: Gertrude was studying at the university so she could have a better discernment regarding the best vocational career to strive for.
The capability of seeing and understanding, things, people or conditions intelligently and clearly.
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disinterment (s) (noun), disinterments (pl)
The act of digging up something, especially a corpse that has been buried; exhumation: A disinterment of old Mrs. Smith was officially ordered in order to prove if she died by cancer or if she was killed.
disparagement (s) (noun) (no plural form)
1. Spoken of or treated in a belittling way.
2. Reproached, discredited and undervalued.
document (s) (noun), documents (pl)
1. A formal piece of writing or printed paper that bears the original, official, or legal form of something and can be used to furnish decisive evidence or information.
2. An object of law, such as an audio recording, movie, or a photograph, that can be used to furnish evidence or information.
3. Something; especially, a material substance as a coin bearing a revealing symbol or mark, that serves as proof or evidence.
4. In computer science, a computer file created with an application; such as, a word processor, a database, a spreadsheet, an illustration, or a text file.
documentary (s) (noun), documentaries (pl)
1. A work, such as a film or television program, presenting facts about political, social, or historical subjects in a factual and informative manner and often consisting of actual news films or interviews accompanied by narration: "She received an award for her documentary about gorillas and their environmental problems resulting from human interference."
2. Movies or television programs which relate the facts about actual people and events: "They watched the series of documentaries about the royal families of europe."
embellishment (s) (noun), embellishments (pl)