The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.
From Middle English experience, from Old French, from Latin experientia ("a trial, proof, experiment, experimental knowledge, experience"), from experiens, present participle of experiri, from ex + peritus, past participle of *periri; see expert and peril.
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