Exercise; esp., the exercising or display of special abilities, skills, etc.
Webster's New World
1901, John Gibson Lockhart, Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10).
This was at first to have taken place alternately at each other's houses, but we soon discovered that my friend's resolution was inadequate to severing him from his couch at the early hour fixed for this exercitation.
1890, Various, Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., October 25, 1890.
Mens sana in corpore sano, which being translated means, mens--or perhaps I should say, men--should incorporate bodily exercise with mental exercitation."
1855, Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho!.
Come up, sir, and show me your exercitation."
Origin of Exercitation
Middle English exercitaciounfrom Latin exercitātiōexercitātiōn-fromexercitārefrequentative ofexercēreto exerciseexercise
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinexercitatio, from exercitare, intensive, from exercere to exercise.
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