V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: equivalent to a particular thing in effect, outcome, or value--the same as

Synonyms: equal, equivalent, identical, parallel, synonymous

Antonyms: opposite, unlike

Tips: Tantamount is derived from the Anglo-French tant amunter, “to amount to as much.” It is often used as a more sophisticated way to say "equal" or "the same as." Note: do not confuse tantamount with paramount. Paramount means "of great importance," while tantamount means "equal to." Tantamount is often used to describe actions that are equivalent to illegal acts: "tantamount to steeling, perjury, embezzling."

Usage Examples:

The way the executives pulled money from the company to pay for their bonuses was tantamount to stealing, in the employees’ minds. (equivalent)

Many felt the questionable accounting practices of the company were tantamount to corporate fraud. (equal)

In my mind, his refusal to testify was tantamount to an admission of guilt. (equal)

I believe his testimony was tantamount to perjury. (equal)

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