tantamount
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(pronounced TAN-teh-mownt)

A handy word that means equivalent in worth, significance, or consequence. (Admission: Though having nothing to do with arachnids in any way, this word never fails to conjure images of tarantulas in our brains. Ick.)

Example: Janice regretted that she ever entered into a partnership agreement with her cousin the contractor because, in the eyes of her overly emotional and drama-loving family, any questioning of his craftsmanship or business operations was tantamount to a betrayal of her entire family.