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Paramount vs Tantamount

Paramount vs Tantamount

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What’s the difference paramount vs tantamount?

The distinction is of paramount importance; it’s tantamount to being right or wrong.

PARAMOUNT, from the Anglo-French word Paramount, derived from the Latin phrase per and montem, literally translated as “up the mountain,” means “supreme.” It’s also used (rarely) as a noun to refer to a supreme ruler.
TANTAMOUNT was originally a noun, translated into English from the Anglo-French phrase tant amunter, meaning “to amount to as much,” and means “equivalent.” It is seldom used — more’s the pity, because it is such a grand word — in such phrases as “tantamount to treason.”

Turns out, paramount doesn’t have that much to do with mountains. It does, however, describe something that’s of highest importance.
Tantamount, on the other hand, refers to something that’s equal to something else. While the two words sound similar, that’s really all they have in common.


Paramount is an adjective meaning “of utmost importance.” It can also describe someone with the highest level of power or jurisdiction, like a ruler. .


Tantamount means equal. Itis an adjective and is followed by preposition to, as in “This is tantamount to that.”

Common Uses and Synonyms

Neither paramount nor tantamount are words that tend to come up in everyday speech or writing. Depending on the context, using these words can sound educated, or they might sound pretentious.

Both words tend to be used by attorneys in courtrooms.
For example, a lawyer might complain to a judge about a witness’s lack of cooperation by saying
“His evasion of my last question is tantamount to perjury.”
Here the attorney is equating the witness’s evasion with the crime of perjury (lying under oath).

By saying something like
“The facts are paramount in this case,”
an attorney reminds the judge and jury that listening to the facts is of utmost importance.

In casual conversation, it’s best to use less formal synonyms in place of paramount and tantamount.
Instead of saying that “A is tantamount to B,” you could just say that “A is equal to B,” or that the two items are alike.
And rather than declaring something the paramount item on your agenda, you can just call it the main item, or the most important item.

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