acquirement


acquirement
acquirement, acquisition, attainment, accomplishment denote in common a power or skill that is the fruit of exertion or effort; in this sense they are often used in the plural.
Acquirement implies achievement as a result of continued endeavor and self-cultivation rather than of natural gifts or talent
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a woman of considerable information and literature; acquirements not common amongst . . . ladies— Edgeworth

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Acquisition may add to acquirement the implications that the thing acquired is an addition or gain and that the endeavor to acquire has been characterized by avidity and stress
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perhaps it was a mistake to force her into the rigid groove of classical learning . . . from it she got very unusual acquisitions, but overstimulation broke her health— Parrington

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As applied to an acquired power or skill, acquisition usually stresses, as acquirement does not, the inherent value of that power or skill
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absolute disinterestedness is a rare acquisition, even in historians

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no philosopher would resign his mental acquisitions for the purchase of any terrestrial good— Peacock

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Attainment commonly refers to distinguished achievements as in the arts, in statesmanship, in science; it suggests fully developed talent
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artists of high attainments

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remarkable literary attainments

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Accomplishment refers to any acquired power or grace such as may make for agreeable social intercourse
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my new accomplishment of dancing— Charles Churchill

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we found that even for Men of Science this neat clean carving of words was a very necessary accomplishmentQuiller-Couch

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an accomplishment of which he was a perfect exponent, the interchange of humorous and agreeable civilities— Repplier

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Analogous words: achievement (see FEAT): *addition, accretion
Contrasted words: *lack, want, dearth, defect, privation

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  • Acquirement — Ac*quire ment ( ment), n. The act of acquiring, or that which is acquired; attainment. Rules for the acquirement of a taste. Addison. [1913 Webster] His acquirements by industry were . . . enriched and enlarged by many excellent endowments of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • acquirement — index acquisition, distress (seizure), edification, realization, receipt (act of receiving) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • acquirement — [ə kwīr′mənt] n. 1. an acquiring or being acquired 2. something acquired, as a skill or ability gained by learning …   English World dictionary

  • acquirement — noun The act of acquiring, or that which is acquired; attainment. Rules for the acquirement of a taste. mdash; Syn: acquisition …   Wiktionary

  • acquirement — acquire ► VERB 1) come to possess. 2) learn or develop (a skill, quality, etc.). DERIVATIVES acquirement noun acquirer noun. ORIGIN Latin acquirere get in addition , from quaerere seek …   English terms dictionary

  • acquirement — noun Date: 1630 1. a skill of mind or body usually resulting from continued endeavor 2. the act of acquiring …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • acquirement — /euh kwuyeur meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of acquiring, esp. the gaining of knowledge or mental attributes. 2. Often, acquirements. something that is acquired, esp. an acquired ability or attainment. [1620 30; ACQUIRE + MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • acquirement — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. skill, ability, education, capability, knowledge, accomplishment. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Something completed or attained successfully: accomplishment, achievement, acquisition, attainment, effort, feat. See …   English dictionary for students

  • acquirement — ac quire·ment || mÉ™nt n. something acquired or attained …   English contemporary dictionary

  • acquirement — n. 1. Acquiring, gathering, gaining, mastery. 2. Accomplishment, attainment, acquisition, stock of knowledge, mental resources …   New dictionary of synonyms


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