Origin of tantamountfrom Anglo-French tant amunter, to amount to as much from Old French tant ( from Classical Latin tantus, so much: see tandem) + amonter (see amount)
An example of tantamount is when an omission is viewed as the same thing as a lie.
Origin of tantamountFrom obsolete tantamount an equivalent from Anglo-Norman tant amunter to amount to as much tant so much, so great ( from Latin tantum ) ( neuter of tantus ) ( from tam so ; see to- in Indo-European roots.) amunter to amount to variant of Old French amonter ; see amount .
(third-person singular simple present tantamounts, present participle tantamounting, simple past and past participle tantamounted)
- (obsolete) To amount to as much; to be equivalent.
- (obsolete) Something which has the same value or amount (as something else). (attributive use passing into adjective, below)
(comparative more tantamount, superlative most tantamount)
- Equivalent in meaning or effect.
- It's tantamount to fraud.
- In this view, disagreement and treason are tantamount.
Tantamount is used almost exclusively in the phrase tantamount to, but may also be used by itself.
From Anglo-Norman tant amunter.
- Both men were well aware this was tantamount to a brush-off.
- To the emperor Nicholas this was tantamount to a declaration of war; and in effect it was so.
- Collins was a pronounced necessitarian; Morgan regarded the denial of free will as tantamount to atheism.
- To be a prince was tantamount to being the mark of secret conspiracy and assassination.
- Though a few Unionists transferred their allegiance, notably Mr. Winston Churchill, and by-elections went badly, Mr Balfour still commanded a considerable though a dwindling majority, and the various contrivances of the opposition for combining all free-traders against the government were obstructed by the fact that anything tantamount to a vote of censure would not be supported by the "wobblers" in the ministerial party, while the government could always manage to draft some "safe" amendment acceptable to most of them.