Definition of circumstance :
1. An event; a fact; a particular incident.
2. Circumlocution; detail.
3. Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.
4. That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.
5. To place in a particular situation; to supply relative incidents.
retainer, time, context of use, thoughtfulness, background, fact, linguistic context, consideration, development, exigency, shape, cause, adjunct, coincidence, chance, particular, item, setting, concomitant, matter, phase, place, real, feature, element, place setting, detail, accompaniment, happen, contingency, stage setting, article, thing, proviso, factor, concern, term, experimental condition, case, intervention, fortuity, point, mise en scene, considerateness, mount, happenstance, be, precondition, scope, stipulation, context
circumstance (part of speech: noun)
situation (part of speech: noun)
disposition, style, ambience, condition, state, mode, post, formation, situation, location, spot, configuration, placement, environment, arrangement, property, position, scene, site, standing, quality, layout, station, aspect, modality, status
occurrence (part of speech: noun)
- The teacher who wishes to make such a dramatic circumstance really vital to his class must have more information with which to work. - "The Teaching of History", Ernest C. Hartwell.
- She had asked no questions of the girl which could lead her to imagine that her mistress's departure from Drumsna had been unexpected, nor had she said a word to her own servants which could let them suppose that she was surprised at the circumstance. - "The Macdermots of Ballycloran", Anthony Trollope.
- Well, said the rector somewhat absently- he had been rather thinking than listening- I do remember now a circumstance which may account for this. - "The New Rector", Stanley J. Weyman.