experience

[14] Experience, experiment [14], and expert [14] all come from the same source, Latin experīrī. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and a prehistoric base *per- denoting ‘attempt, trial’ (found also in English empirical, peril, pirate, and repertory), and meant ‘try, test’. The original meaning is best preserved in experiment, but in fact experience too meant at first ‘putting to the test’ in English. From this developed the notion of ‘actually observing phenomena in order to gain knowledge of them’, which in turn led to the more subjective ‘condition of having undergone or been affected by a particular event’. The sense ‘knowledge or skill gained from such observation or from undergoing such events’ did not, however, emerge until the late 15th century. Expert was originally only an adjective, meaning ‘having experience of something’, or ‘trained by such experience’; its use as a noun only developed in the 19th century. => EMPIRICAL, EXPERIMENT, EXPERT, PERIL, PIRATE, REPERTORY
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   Both this word and experiment are related and come from Latin experiri, 'to prove,' from a root word that also gave English peril. Experience and an experiment involving a testing or proving of someone or something.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Experience — Ex*pe ri*ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Experienced} ([e^]ks*p[=e] r[i^]*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Experiencing} ([e^]ks*p[=e] r[i^]*en*s[i^]ng).] 1. To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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