Definition of tantamount in English:

tantamount

adjective

tantamount to
  • Equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as.

    ‘the resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt’
    • ‘Refusing a mortgage applicant can be tantamount to sentencing them to long-term poverty.’
    • ‘I remember them being everywhere when I was a nipper and a nettle sting was tantamount to being bitten by a dog.’
    • ‘Voting against the directors, he was advised, would be tantamount to declaring war.’
    • ‘Relegation is unthinkable and would be tantamount to financial melt-down.’
    • ‘You'd be pretty angry if your salary didn't go up in line with inflation each year, because it would be tantamount to a pay cut.’
    • ‘What do you say to those who equate modern art with nihilism and say its very existence is tantamount to the death of art?’
    • ‘When he signed up for the army it was tantamount to an admission that reality had intruded on his dream.’
    • ‘The report stated that much of what had been done to them was tantamount to genocide.’
    • ‘Would alcoholics seek help for their illness if doing so were tantamount to confessing to criminal activity?’
    • ‘Remember, refusal to give a thumb print is tantamount to a confession.’
    • ‘The court held that his action was tantamount to bidding on behalf of the vendor and he classified this as an unlawful act.’
    • ‘The argument that giving the parliament limited tax powers would be tantamount to independence is nonsense.’
    • ‘Dare to criticize any of those folks from within the left and it's tantamount to McCarthyism.’
    • ‘Service in the armed forces can be risky, but it is not tantamount to a death sentence.’
    • ‘An industry source said the step would be tantamount to declaring war on the US airline industry.’
    • ‘Forcing a publisher to publish something against their will is tantamount to censorship.’
    • ‘Going on holiday without a school's permission is tantamount to truancy, said the junior education minister.’
    • ‘In fact, charging people to use the road would be seen as tantamount to having an admission fee for entry to the town.’
    • ‘The consequences could have been tantamount to a death sentence.’
    • ‘Joining a dating agency has no stigma, it is tantamount to joining a private members' club.’
    equivalent to, equal to, amounting to, as good as, more or less, synonymous with, virtually the same as, much the same as, comparable to, on a par with, commensurate with, along the lines of, as serious as, identical to
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from the earlier verb tantamount ‘amount to as much’, from Italian tanto montare.

Pronunciation

tantamount

/ˈtantəmaʊnt/