I make peace as best as an infantryman can be expected to do under the circumstances and leave for my favorite bar.
Bachmann could use a refresher course on the 2008 election, and the circumstances that helped elect Barack Obama.
Again, not a bad thought, but the circumstances surrounding the two bills are vastly different.
"condition of life, material welfare" (usually with a qualifying adjective), 1704, from circumstance.
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).