One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1archaic Food; nourishment.
nourishment, sustenance, nutriment, subsistence, fare, bread, daily breadView synonyms
- ‘Is not truth the natural aliment of the mind, as plainly as the wholesome grain.’
- ‘In a physiological sense, true aliment is to be distinguished as that portion of the food which is capable of being digested and absorbed into the blood.’
- ‘Coke goes on to say estovers signify sustenance, aliment, or nourishment.’
- ‘It certainly shouldn't suggest raiding the frozen food bins at the supermarket, where one is served as much artifice as aliment.’
financial support, maintenance, support, provision, allowance, keep, upkeep, sustenance, livelihood, subsistence, living expensesView synonyms
- ‘This means that if one partner decided to stop paying the mortgage, household bills or school fees, the other can have an interim agreement for aliment made.’
- ‘W will accept in any future capitalisation that she should bring into account such sum of periodical payments that she is awarded in excess of her aliment.’
- ‘Diane McGeoch, former wife of the co-founder of the Mackays clothing store, is believed to have gained Scotland's biggest ever divorce award, estimated at £8m, plus monthly aliment payments of £11,500.’
- ‘Aliment is the sum paid or allowance given in respect of the reciprocal obligation of parents and children, husband and wife, grandparents and grandchildren, to contribute to each other's maintenance.’
- ‘Once basic aliment has been awarded, it is up to couples to agree top-up payments to cover things such as private school fees, university education or disability allowances.’
Late 15th century: from Latin alimentum, from alere ‘nourish’.
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