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tantamount (adj) equivalent/having the same bad effect as something else.
Helping a murderer to commit a murder is tantamount to murdering. That is, such help has the same bad effect as murdering itself. Not giving information about a criminal when you know it is tantamount to a crime, as it helps the criminal, and the law cannot punish him.
- His starving the children for so long is tantamount to killing them, because not giving food to them will lead to their death, and that is killing them.
- Using government money for your own purposes is tantamount to dishonesty. You are using for your purposes money that is not yours.