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 event in a Sentence
The article recounted the events of the past year.
the last major event of the summer
He had no memory of the events that happened afterwards.
The accident was caused by an unusual sequence of events.
She likes to arrive at social events early.
It's the only event on the golf tour that she hasn't yet won. See More
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Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin eventus, from evenire to happen, from e- + venire to come — more at come