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setting

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of setting

  1. 1 the circumstances, conditions, or objects by which one is surrounded the novice camper felt lost outside of his familiar urban setting Synonyms of setting ambient, atmosphere, climate, clime, context, contexture, environs, medium, milieu, mise-en-scène, environment, surround, surroundings, terrainWords Related to setting location, place, position, space; backdrop, background; element; situation, status; geography, habitat; microenvironment

  2. 2 the place and time in which the action for a portion of a dramatic work (as a movie) is set the setting for the novel is Victorian England Synonyms of setting background, locale, sceneWords Related to setting backdrop, scenery, set; mise-en-scène, tableau

Synonym Discussion of setting

background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development.
    • the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots
setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms.
    • a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting
environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development.
    • the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents
milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons.
    • an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation
mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect.
    • a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène


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