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Definition being essentially equal to something
  • Her statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt.
  • I cannot make your consciousness tantamount to mine.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • For Flask to have presumed to help himself, this must have seemed to him tantamount to larceny in the first degree.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • To have been indifferent to the companionship of the single gentleman would have been tantamount to being gifted with nerves of steel.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • My not returning would simply have been tantamount to my saying to M.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
    Mahatma Gandhi
  • it was tantamount in him—to a paternal benediction on our union, accompanied with a gush of tears.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Our Mutual Friend
  • That would be tantamount to admitting a mistake, and the military doesn't do that either."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Is that tantamount, sir, to acceptance, or rejection, or consideration?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He could write the account Charlie wanted, but to do so would be tantamount to admitting to himself that he would never write another novel.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Madame de Bellegarde gave a glance at her son which seemed tantamount to an injunction to be silent and leave her to her own devices.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I have taxed my father with it, and obtained from him what I consider tantamount to a denial.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession
  • He understood that such an admission, for her, was tantamount to a shouted declaration of devotion from other women.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Not often did Marley have the opportunity to look down at me. and having me prone like that was tantamount to an invitation.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • That's tantamount to an invitation when he's dead.'
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • In a case like this the recommendation is tantamount to a verdict, but remains secret, as a part of the proceedings of the Praesidium.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Which was tantamount to asking: How many boys have entered the square yard beyond the Great Hall and returned as gunslinger apprentices?
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Refusing to break Welsh's bones was tantamount to killing his daughter.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • This was said in a way that was tantamount to declaring that no daughter of his ever should become the wife of the person in question.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • It would almost be tantamount to pounding his own son to death.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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