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accomplishment

[uh-kom-plish-muh nt] /əˈkɒm plɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment:
the accomplishment of our desires.
2.
something done admirably or creditably:
Space exploration is a major accomplishment of science.
3.
anything accomplished; deed; achievement:
a career measured in a series of small accomplishments.
4.
Often, accomplishments.
  1. a grace, skill, or knowledge expected in polite society.
  2. any acquired ability or knowledge.
Origin of accomplishment
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see accomplish, -ment. Compare French accomplissement
Related forms
preaccomplishment, noun
Synonyms
1. completion, execution. 3. consummation. 4. acquisition, proficiency.
Antonyms
1. failure.
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  • I have often thought myself that an increase of accomplishment goes hand-in-hand with an increased tameness of spirit.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Like the Admirable Crichton, no art is to her unknown, no accomplishment by her neglected.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • No writer of fiction, none but one who believed them possible of accomplishment!

  • He resumed his labours, thrilled with the sensation of accomplishment.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • We think it would be difficult to find so many expedients ever before adopted for the accomplishment of any one object.

British Dictionary definitions for accomplishment

accomplishment

/əˈkɒmplɪʃmənt; əˈkʌm-/
noun
1.
the act of carrying out or achieving
2.
something achieved or successfully completed
3.
(often pl) skill or talent
4.
(often pl) social grace, style, and poise
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Word Origin and History for accomplishment
n.

early 15c., "performance of a task; state of completion," from Old French acomplissement "action of accomplishing," from acomplir (see accomplish). Meaning "thing completed" and that of "something that completes" someone and fits him or her for society are from c.1600.

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