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acrobatics

[ak-ruh-bat-iks] /ˌæk rəˈbæt ɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) the feats of an acrobat; gymnastics.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the art or practice of acrobatic feats.
3.
(used with a plural verb) something performed with remarkable agility and ease:
the verbal acrobatics of a habitual liar.
Origin of acrobatics
1880-1885
1880-85; see acrobatic, -ics
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acrobatics

/ˌækrəˈbætɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as pl) the skills or feats of an acrobat
2.
(functioning as sing) the art of an acrobat
3.
(functioning as pl) any activity requiring agility and skill: mental acrobatics
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Word Origin and History for acrobatics
n.

1859, from acrobatic; also see -ics. Also acrobatism (1864). In early 20c. acrobacy (from French acrobacie) sometimes was used.

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