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.
  1. a grace, skill, or knowledge expected in polite society.
  2. any acquired ability or knowledge.

Origin of accomplishment

1425–75; late Middle English; see accomplish, -ment. Compare French accomplissement
Related formspre·ac·com·plish·ment, noun

Synonyms for accomplishment

Antonyms for accomplishment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accomplishment

Contemporary Examples of accomplishment

Historical Examples of accomplishment

  • We are not a people which has accomplished much, but one on the way to accomplishment.

  • Like the Admirable Crichton, no art is to her unknown, no accomplishment by her neglected.

  • 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.

  • But the perseverance of a bad mind in the accomplishment of a bad action is not to be subdued.

British Dictionary definitions for accomplishment



the act of carrying out or achieving
something achieved or successfully completed
(often plural) skill or talent
(often plural) social grace, style, and poise
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper