a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
context, circumstance, setting(noun)
the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
"the historical context"
circumstance, condition, consideration(noun)
information that should be kept in mind when making a decision
"another consideration is the time it would take"
formal ceremony about important occasions
"pomp and circumstance"
That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.
An event; a fact; a particular incident.
Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.
To place in a particular situation, especially with regard to money or other resources.
that which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things
an event; a fact; a particular incident
condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings
to place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents
"Circumstance" is an allegorical short story written by American author Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford as a periodical in The Atlantic Monthly in 1860. The story takes place in the woods of Maine following an unnamed protagonist who travels to return to home after caring for a sick neighbor. She ventures into the woods where she comes in contact with the Indian Devil who assaults her throughout the story but in this life/death situation she realizes her reality and religion and comes to terms with her life, sexuality and fears. By the end of the story, her husband shoots the Devil with his shotgun in one hand and their baby in the other while the 'true Indian Devils' destroy their home and town.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sėr′kum-stans, n. the logical surroundings of an action: an accident or event: ceremony: detail: (pl.) the state of one's affairs.—v.t. to place in particular circumstances:—pa.p. cir′cumstanced.—adj. Circumstan′tial, consisting of details: minute.—n. Circumstantial′ity, the quality of being circumstantial: minuteness in details: a detail.—adv. Circumstan′tially.—n.pl. Circumstan′tials, incidentals: details.—v.t. Circumstan′tiate, to prove by circumstances: to describe exactly.—Circumstantial evidence, evidence which is not positive nor direct, but which is gathered inferentially from the circumstances in the case.—In good or bad circumstances, prosperous or unprosperous; In, Under the circumstances, owing to certain conditions. [L. stans, stantis, standing—stāre, to stand.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The fresh banana-peel just around the corner. 2. _Ex-post-facto_ knowledge of a series of incidents, episodes and laws which, had we known before doing something that we should not have done anyhow, we would have done otherwise, in the same way, or not at all. 3. The Shadowy Iago that follows us up and down life's promenades. 4. Man Friday to Chance.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'circumstance' in Nouns Frequency: #403
The numerical value of circumstance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of circumstance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Circumstance does not make me, it reveals me.
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -- for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
By not acting, the BOJ might risk its credibility. Such a circumstance would not only render my outlook unfeasible but would also undermine the feasibility of the 2 percent target.
You can have a 'Lord of the Flies' circumstance in that these young men are essentially on their own island managing themselves and doing a god-awful job of it, it does have deadly results.
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- ظَرْف, حالةArabic
- обстоятелство, материално положение, подробностBulgarian
- kår, omstændelighed, detalje, omstændighedDanish
- varat, asianhaara, seikka, yhteensattuma, olosuhteet, varallisuus, yksityiskohta, olotFinnish
- corScottish Gaelic
- հանգամանք, պարագա, մանրամասնություն, դեպքArmenian
- dettaglio, circostanza, circonlocuzioneItalian
- 状況, 事件, 事情Japanese
- omstendeNorwegian Nynorsk
- împrejurare, circumstanțăRomanian
- положение, ситуация, подробность, деталь, материальное положение, частность, условие, обстоятельство, случайRussian
- okolnost, околностSerbo-Croatian
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