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[uh-cheev-muh nt] /əˈtʃiv mənt/
something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed:
his remarkable achievements in art.
act of achieving; attainment or accomplishment:
the achievement of one's object.
Heraldry. the full display of the armorial bearings of an individual or corporation.
Origin of achievement
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French achevement conclusion. See achieve, -ment
Related forms
superachievement, noun
1. Achievement, exploit, feat are terms for a noteworthy act. Achievement connotes final accomplishment of something noteworthy, after much effort and often in spite of obstacles and discouragements: a scientific achievement. Exploit connotes boldness, bravery, and usually ingenuity: the famous exploit of an aviator. Feat connotes the performance of something difficult, generally demanding skill and strength: a feat of horsemanship. 2. fulfillment, realization. Unabridged
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  • Some appear to be searching for a sense of power and achievement, or for fame and attention.
  • This is an impressive technical achievement.
  • They, moreover, can be deeply inspired by the challenge and opportunity that lie ahead for still greater achievements.
  • You may arrive a little footsore, but the sense of achievement and sheer originality will more than compensate.
  • Legitimate achievement deserves recognition; self-esteem merits none.
  • In the presence of the playwright's achievement, the historian—or a participant—can only stand in the wings and applaud.
  • The need to constantly pursue sponsors leaves Gordon with a different sense of achievement than most of his peers.
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  • But the novel's true achievement is one of tone and voice.
  • The vaccinal eradication of smallpox was a watershed achievement.
British Dictionary definitions for achievement


something that has been accomplished, esp by hard work, ability, or heroism
successful completion; accomplishment
(heraldry) a less common word for hatchment
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Word Origin and History for achievement

late 15c., "act of completing" (something), from Middle French achèvement "a finishing," noun of action from Old French achever (see achieve). Meaning "thing achieved" is recorded from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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