What is a feat?

Igor Frolov
Igor Frolov
February 18, 2015
What is a feat?

There are words, the emotional and semantic component of which we sometimes unconsciously underestimate. These include the word "feat", which is very often used by people in the wrong sense. Someone says that he accomplished the feat by getting out of bed at 8 am on Sunday to go jogging. However, is it right to use this word in this sense? Let's try to figure out what a feat is and when it is appropriate to talk about it.

Feat - types, advantages and disadvantages

According to the explanatory dictionary of S.I. Ozhegova, heroic and selfless deeds are called a feat. In this sense, social exploits were often on the verge of human possibilities. The word "feat", for example, was actively used in the Soviet Union when it came to the "labor feat" - the patriotic uplift of the population, during which in very short time it was possible to achieve significant economic growth in some individual enterprise or in the whole country by working or peasants.

The phrase “military feat” was also often used, especially during and after the end of the Second World War. The military feat was accomplished by those who, at the cost of their lives, were ready to defend their Motherland to the last and sacrifice themselves for the sake of their comrades, loved ones and their country. It was customary to celebrate such selfless deeds with various orders and medals.

The victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany to this day in the media is often described as "the feat of the people." Alas, many for their heroic accomplishments received titles and medals posthumously, as a recognition and gratitude from the state. But even in this case, families of heroes could count on benefits and indulgence.

Feat in our days

However, gradually the word became overgrown with new meanings and lost its original solemn and heroic emotional coloring. The feat began to call any action committed in unusual, difficult and dangerous conditions.

It is often a feat confused with any action that requires the application of a little more effort than usual. For example, if you have never done rock climbing before, climbing a mountain on a steep slope will be considered a feat for you.However, a person who regularly trains and often walks into the mountains will not understand what your feat is about in this situation. Therefore, such an act can hardly be called a feat in the full sense of the word.