But if the circumstance was a mere fortuity, the way the GOP used Ground Zero to its benefit was very much a matter of design.
“Let us agree, if you please, that in this one circumstance Mr. Wilde is wrong,” I said.
The union does not under any circumstance condone violence of any kind, including against police officers.
With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?
She regretted nothing and accepted her circumstance with courage and equanimity.
And naturally, ordinary trials of boarding-house life were aggravated by circumstance.
The good woman, although low in circumstance, is great in mind!
Some slaves had been in the room on the occasion, and the circumstance had become notorious in the gossip of the Palace.
He must get the dominion over circumstance, or circumstance must get the dominion over him.
This circumstance alone seems conclusive as to the state of popular feeling.
early 13c., "conditions surrounding and accompanying an event," from Old French circonstance "circumstance, situation," also literally, "outskirts" (13c., Modern French circonstance), from Latin circumstantia "surrounding condition," neuter plural of circumstans (genitive circumstantis), present participle of circumstare "stand around, surround, encompass, occupy, take possession of" from circum "around" (see circum-) + stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). The Latin word is a loan-translation of Greek peristasis.
Meaning "a person's surroundings, environment" is from mid-14c. Meaning "a detail" is from c.1300; sense of "that which is non-essential" is from 1590s. Obsolete sense of "formality about an important event" (late 14c.) lingers in Shakespeare's phrase pomp and circumstance ("Othello" III, iii).