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Acco'mplishment. n.s. [accomplissement, Fr.]

  1. Completion, full performance, perfection.

    Thereby he might evade the accomplishment of those afflictions, he now but gradually endureth. Brown's Vulg. Errours.

    This would be the accomplishment of their common felicity, in case, by their evil, either through destiny or advice, they suffered not the occasion to be lost. Sir John Haywood.

    He thought it impossible to find, in any one body, all those perfections which he sought for the accomplishment of a Helena; because nature, in any individual person, makes nothing that is perfect in all its parts. Dryden's Dufresnoy, Pref.

  2. Completion; as, of a prophecy.

    The miraculous success of the apostles preaching, and the accomplishment of many of their predictions, which, to those early christians, were matters of faith only, are, to us, matters of sight and experience. Atterbury's Sermons.

  3. Embellishment, elegance, ornament of mind or body.

    Young heirs, and elder brothers, from their own reflecting upon the estates they are born to, and therefore thinking all other accomplishments unnecessary, are of no manner of use but to keep up their families. Addison. Spectator, № 123.

  4. The act of obtaining anything.

    The means suggested by policy and worldly wisdom, for the attainment of those earthly enjoyments, are unfit for that purpose, not only upon the account of their insufficiency for, but also of their frequent opposition and contrariety to, the accomplishment of such ends. South's Sermons.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Dryden, John (788) · Hayward, John (42) · South, Robert (158) · Spectator (140)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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