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1    usually pl   a condition of time, place, etc., that accompanies or influences an event or condition  
2    an incident or occurrence, esp. a chance one  
3    accessory information or detail  
4    formal display or ceremony (archaic except in the phrase pomp and circumstance)  
5    under or in no circumstances   in no case; never  
6    under the circumstances   because of conditions; this being the case  
7    in good (or bad) circumstances   (of a person) in a good (or bad) financial situation  
      vb   tr  
8    to place in a particular condition or situation  
9    Obsolete   to give in detail  
     (C13: from Old French circonstance, from Latin circumstantia, from circumstare to stand around, from circum- + stare to stand)  
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accident, condition, contingency, detail, element, event, fact, factor, happening, incident, item, occurrence, particular, position, respect, situation  

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a person who is optimistic regardless of the circumstances and especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity
From the name of the tutor and philosopher in Voltaire's Candide (1759). Ex: One needn't be a Pangloss to dismiss the notion that the world can ever get better.
expression used to describe a lost opportunity or something that is unlikely to happen in the current circumstances
Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme and radical actions
The prime minister stated: 'Drastic times call for drastic measures' in order to justify the extremely unpopular austerity actions introduced by the government during the recession
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