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  • First attested in the late 15th century, from accomplish +‎ -ed.



accomplished (comparative more accomplished, superlative most accomplished)

  1. Completed; effected; established.
    an accomplished fact
  2. Having many accomplishments, often as a result of study or training.
    an accomplished scholar, an accomplished villain
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IV”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC, line 660:
      Daughter of God and Man, accompliſht Eve,
    • 1967, Josiah Hazen Shinn, Pioneers and Makers of Arkansas, →ISBN, page 335:
      When Margaret Frances Desha returned to Batesville, the most accomplished woman of the town, she was wooed and won by William French Denton, a distinguished lawyer of Batesville, and a gift of Tennessee to Arkansas growth.
    • 1997, Giovanni Levi, Jean-Claude Schmitt, A History of Young People in the West - Volume 1, →ISBN, page 36:
      The presence of the dog and hart further clarifies the meaning of these scenes: hunting was one of the ways in which an accomplished young man could assert himself.
    • 2007, Keisha Clark, The Young Lady's Guide to Charm, Style & Femininity, →ISBN, page 82:
      Knowing this, makes all the difference in the world as to how you will be received as an accomplished young lady when you are presented to the world, and later presented to your Adam.
  3. Showing skill and artistry.
    an accomplished first novel
    • 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], chapter I, in Pride and Prejudice: [], volume III, London: [] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, [], →OCLC, pages 7–8:
      "Oh! yes—the handsomest young lady that ever was seen; and so accomplished!—She plays and sings all day long. In the next room is a new instrument just come down for her—a present from my master; she comes here to-morrow with him."




  1. simple past and past participle of accomplish