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

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Historical Examples of accomplishment

  • Deppingham recalled the fact that an hour and a half had been consumed in the accomplishment yesterday.

    The Man From Brodney's

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • Meanwhile, it is an open question whether the accomplishment of repeal will be necessary to make this clear to the Irish.

  • He deserved to be known and publicly praised for this accomplishment.

    Last Words

    Stephen Crane

  • The prophecy of extirpation had been passed, but the cruel agent of its accomplishment was not thereby condoned.

  • He was never deterred by circumstances, never turned back from any purpose upon the accomplishment of which he had set his mind.

    The Odds

    Ethel M. Dell

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