from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Skilled; expert: synonym: proficient.
  • adjective Having many social graces; polished or refined.
  • adjective Unquestionable; indubitable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Completed; effected: as, an accomplished fact.
  • Perfected; finished; consummate: used in either a good or a bad sense: as, an accomplished scholar; an accomplished villain.
  • Possessing accomplishments; having the attainments and graces of cultivated or fashionable society.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Completed; effected; established.
  • adjective Complete in acquirements as the result usually of training; -- commonly in a good sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Completed; effected; established; as, an accomplished fact
  • adjective Complete in acquirements as the result usually of training; -- commonly in a good sense; as, an accomplished scholar, an accomplished villain
  • adjective Sophisticated
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of accomplish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective settled securely and unconditionally
  • adjective highly skilled
  • adjective successfully completed or brought to an end


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  • I will not, however, affirm that Adam, or even Milton, annexed to the term accomplished precisely the idea with which it is associated in the mind of a true modern-bred lady.

  • * Their term accomplished, naught delayed of Destiny's decree.

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  • The only thing he has accomplished is creating the deepest division among Americans that I can remember.

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  • Of course, all that was accomplished is a testimonial to the great commitment of the professionals at NASA.

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  • All that has not been accomplished is a direct resullt of those who fail to look ahead and obstruct everything that's proposed.

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  • All it has accomplished is to help secure Fidel Castro in power (like Ho Chi Minh, another nationalist liberator that we turned into a communist by supporting a criminally repressive regime for the sake of big business).

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  • In both cases, what has really been accomplished is the birth of a new generation of implacable enemies, and the perpetuation of a state of fear that hard liners on all sides manipulate for their own aggrandizement.

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  • "Mission accomplished" is one of the most difficult things to say when your organization depends on working toward a cause, but Love Makes a Family did it.

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  • Realistically, the only way that it could be accomplished is through a coalition of schools that have London studies.

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  • All Obama has accomplished is kissing up, apologizing, decreasing our international reputation, leaving Iraq in shambles, and allowing for a RECORD number of troops to be dying in Afghanistan.

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