One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Something that accrues or has accrued; an addition or accession by natural growth; an increment. Also (occasionally): an accumulation.
2The action or process of accruing by growth; accumulation, build-up.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Walkington (c1575–1621), Church of England clergyman and author. From accrue + -ment.
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