occurrence may apply to a happening without intent, volition, or plan.
an encounter that was a chance occurrence
event usually implies an occurrence of some importance and frequently one having antecedent cause.
the events following the assassination
incident suggests an occurrence of brief duration or secondary importance.
a minor wartime incident
episode stresses the distinctiveness or apartness of an incident.
a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work
circumstance implies a specific detail attending an action or event as part of its setting or background.
couldn't recall the exact circumstances
Examples of episode in a Sentence
It was a brief romantic episode in a life devoted to work.
He tried to forget the whole embarrassing episode.
a painful episode from my childhood
Millions of people are expected to watch the show's final episode.
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Greek epeisodion, from neuter of epeisodios coming in besides, from epi- + eisodios coming in, from eis into (akin to Greek en in) + hodos road, journey — more at in