- an act or instance of carrying into effect; fulfillment: the accomplishment of our desires.
- something done admirably or creditably: Space exploration is a major accomplishment of science.
- anything accomplished; deed; achievement: a career measured in a series of small accomplishments.
- Often accomplishments.
- a grace, skill, or knowledge expected in polite society.
- any acquired ability or knowledge.
Origin of accomplishment
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Examples from the Web for accomplishment
But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Time and again, the author confuses chattering class dissatisfaction with an honest assessment of accomplishment.Chuck Todd’s Lousy Obama Takedown
November 14, 2014
Earthlings, we can celebrate the accomplishment of landing a probe on a new world.Earthlings, We Landed on a Comet
Matthew R. Francis
November 12, 2014
When the camera rolls, he is an actor of great authority and accomplishment.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
It was an accomplishment of historic proportions, notes historian Abrahamson, of “a transformed Jeffersonian vision.”In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
We are not a people which has accomplished much, but one on the way to accomplishment.The Conquest of Fear
Like the Admirable Crichton, no art is to her unknown, no accomplishment by her neglected.The Bacillus of Beauty
He resumed his labours, thrilled with the sensation of accomplishment.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
In fact it is considered an accomplishment to lie cheerfully and well.The Long Labrador Trail
But the perseverance of a bad mind in the accomplishment of a bad action is not to be subdued.Beaux and Belles of England
- the act of carrying out or achieving
- something achieved or successfully completed
- (often plural) skill or talent
- (often plural) social grace, style, and poise
Word Origin and History for accomplishment
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.