LENGTHENING OF WORDS. E of French origin, pronouncedThe "e" in commandment, entertainment, &c., which originally preceded the final syllable, is sometimes retained, and, even where not retained, sometimes pronounced. “Be vál | ued 'gáinst | your wífe's | commánd | (e)mént.” M. of V. iv. 1. 451. “From hím | I háve | expréss | commánd | (e)mént.” 1 Hen. VI. i. 3. 20. The e is inserted in “If to women he be bent
They have at commandement.” P. P. 418. “Good sír, | you'll gíve | them én | tertáin | (e)mént.” B. J. Fox, iii. 2. Perhaps an e is to be sounded between d and v in “A'nton | y Wóod | (e)vílle, | her bróth | er thére.” Rich. III. i. 1. 67.