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achievement n : the action of accomplishing something [syn: accomplishment]

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Compare achèvement, English hatchment


  • /əˈtʃiːvmənt/, /@"tSi:vm@nt/


  1. The act of achieving or performing; an obtaining by exertion; successful performance; accomplishment; as, the achievement of his/her object.
  2. A great or heroic deed; something accomplished by valor, boldness, or praiseworthy exertion; a feat.
    [The exploits] of the ancient saints ... do far surpass the most famous achievements of pagan heroes. - Barrow
    The highest achievements of the human intellect. - Macaulay
  3. In the context of "heraldry": An escutcheon or ensign armorial; now generally applied to the funeral shield commonly called hatchment. - Cussans


act of achieving or performing
great or heroic deed
heraldry: escutcheon
  • Finnish: vaakunakilpi
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Extensive Definition

Achievement refers to an accomplishment. Specifically, it may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accomplished fact, accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, act, acta, action, administration, advent, adventure, alerion, animal charge, annulet, appearance, approach, argent, aristeia, armorial bearings, armory, arms, arrival, attainment, azure, bandeau, bar, bar sinister, baton, bearings, bend, bend sinister, billet, blazon, blazonry, blow, bold stroke, bordure, bringing to fruition, broad arrow, cadency mark, canton, carrying out, chaplet, charge, chevron, chief, coat of arms, cockatrice, coming, commission, completion, conduct, consummation, coronet, coup, crescent, crest, cross, cross moline, crown, dealings, deed, device, difference, differencing, discharge, dispatch, doing, doings, eagle, effectuation, effort, enactment, endeavor, enterprise, ermine, ermines, erminites, erminois, escutcheon, execution, exploit, fait accompli, falcon, feat, fess, fess point, field, file, finish, flanch, fleur-de-lis, fret, fruition, fulfillment, fur, fusil, garland, gest, go, griffin, gules, gyron, hand, handiwork, handling, hatchment, helmet, heraldic device, heroic act, honor point, impalement, impaling, implementation, inescutcheon, job, label, lion, lozenge, management, maneuver, mantling, marshaling, martlet, mascle, measure, metal, mission accomplished, motto, move, mullet, nombril point, octofoil, operation, or, ordinary, orle, overproduction, overt act, pale, paly, passage, pean, performance, perpetration, pheon, proceeding, production, productiveness, purpure, quarter, quartering, reaching, realization, res gestae, rose, sable, saltire, scutcheon, shield, spread eagle, step, stroke, stunt, subordinary, success, tenne, thing, thing done, tincture, torse, tour de force, transaction, tressure, turn, undertaking, unicorn, vair, vert, victory, work, works, wreath, yale
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