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.
- 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.
- Interpreted in the most general sense, these decrees, which enacted that the council of Constance derived its power immediately from Jesus Christ, and that every one, even the pope, was bound to obey it and every legitimately assembled general council in all that concerned faith, reform, union, &c., were tantamount to the overturning of the constitution of the church by establishing the superiority of the council over the pope.