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circumstance

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of circumstance

  1. 1 a state or end that seemingly has been decided beforehand the condemned murderer seemed indifferent to his circumstance Synonyms of circumstance fate, destiny, doom, fortune, kismet, lot, portionWords Related to circumstance accident, casualty [archaic], chance, hap, happenchance, happenstance, hazard, luck; predestination; aftereffect, aftermath, conclusion, consequence, development, effect, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshot

  2. 2 something that happens due to unexpected circumstances, the test will be postponed Synonyms of circumstance affair, event, episode, hap, happening, incident, occasion, occurrence, thingWords Related to circumstance coincidence, co-occurrence, fluke, freak; landmark, milepost, milestone, page, phenomenon, turning point; adventure, experience, time; happenchance, happenstance; accident, crisis, emergency, juncture; achievement, deed, exploit, feat; news, tidings

  3. 3 the uncertain course of events I was a victim of circumstance, for nothing that I could have done would have made a difference Synonyms of circumstance accident, casualty [archaic], chance, hap, hazard, luckWords Related to circumstance fortuitousness, fortuity, haphazardry, randomness, uncertainty; fluke, happenchance, happenstance; destiny, doom, fate, fortune, lot; danger, peril, riskNear Antonyms of circumstance intent, intention, purpose; design, outline, plan, scheme

Synonym Discussion of circumstance

occurrence, event, incident, episode, circumstance mean something that happens or takes place. 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


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