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feat1

[feet] /fit/
noun
1.
a noteworthy or extraordinary act or achievement, usually displaying boldness, skill, etc.:
Arranging the treaty was a diplomatic feat.
2.
Obsolete. a specialized skill; profession.
Origin of feat1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English fet, fait < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin factum fact
Synonyms
1. accomplishment. See achievement.

feat2

[feet] /fit/
adjective, feater, featest. Archaic.
1.
apt; skillful; dexterous.
2.
3.
neat1 .
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French fait made (to fit) < Latin factus, past participle of facere to make, do
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  • The feat had been performed with the steady gallantry that characterized all the similar attempts on the river.

  • No arm but that of Milo could be strong enough for such a feat.

  • The eldest brother Heorogar—known only to the English story—perhaps took his share in this feat.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • Her husband, the king, raised an army and accomplished the feat.

  • You should practice this feat frequently in private, before attempting it in a public demonstration.

    Practical Mind-Reading William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for feat

feat1

/fiːt/
noun
1.
a remarkable, skilful, or daring action; exploit; achievement: feats of strength
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French fait, from Latin factum deed; see fact

feat2

/fiːt/
adjective (archaic)
1.
another word for skilful
2.
another word for neat1 , suitable
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fet, from Latin factus made, from facere to make
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Word Origin and History for feat
n.

mid-14c., "action, deeds," from Anglo-French fet, from Old French fait (12c.) "action, deed, achievement," from Latin factum "thing done," a noun based on the past participle of facere "make, do" (see factitious). Sense of "exceptional or noble deed" arose c.1400 from phrase feat of arms (French fait d'armes).

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