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[ak-ruh-bat-iks] /ˌæk rəˈbæt ɪks/
(used with a plural verb) the feats of an acrobat; gymnastics.
(used with a singular verb) the art or practice of acrobatic feats.
(used with a plural verb) something performed with remarkable agility and ease:
the verbal acrobatics of a habitual liar.
Origin of acrobatics
First recorded in 1880-85; See origin at acrobatic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The acrobatics which he performed with that defenceless consonant were marvelous.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • After the acrobatics came sleight-of-hand with cards and handkerchiefs.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Noblemen playing at acrobatics were an easy subject for abuse.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • I gave him a wild ride with lots of acrobatics: loops, rolls and spins.

  • After he has done that the student goes to Pau for his test in acrobatics.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
  • The next time you go to a vaudeville show get there in time for the acrobatics and notice how all the participants are Musculars.

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  • We'll have Arab acrobatics, Persian dances, a grand march, electric lights and absolutely no money to distribute.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon
  • Here our tall friend had to resort to his acrobatics more than ever: at times he would crawl on all fours to "dodge 'em."

British Dictionary definitions for acrobatics


(functioning as pl) the skills or feats of an acrobat
(functioning as sing) the art of an acrobat
(functioning as pl) any activity requiring agility and skill: mental acrobatics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for acrobatics

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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