occurrence

occurrence, event, incident, episode, circumstance are comparable when they denote something that happens or takes place.
Occurrence is the general term for something which takes place
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such a happy and convenient occurrence, the princess's conversion— H. G. Wells

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chanced to witness Pussy's death—happily no common occurrence, as a cat, like an Englishman, considers dying a strictly private affair— Repplier

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I have not . . . quoted conversation or described occurrence from the private life of named or recognizable living persons— Yeats

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Event is frequently regarded as arising from an antecedent state of things and is usually applied to a more or less important or noteworthy occurrence
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the events of the year

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the sequence of events that followed the declaration of war

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the course of human events—U.S. Declaration of Independence

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events acting upon us in unexpected, abrupt, and violent ways— Dewey

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the flat, monotonous plains stretch away ... a single tree . . . becomes an eventMoorehead

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An incident (compare incidental under ACCIDENTAL) is commonly an occurrence of subordinate character or secondary importance, either a mere casual happening having little relation to major events or an occurrence that merely follows because of them
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her tone implied that bedroom fires were a quite ordinary incident of daily life in a place like Bursley— Bennett

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very few individuals can be considered as more than incidents in the life histories of the societies to which they belong— Linton

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The term may, however, be used of a single event that stands out or is marked off clearly from the other events (as in a story, a play, or a history) in its nature or significance
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the book narrates a series of thrilling incidents

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he was delighted and looked upon the incident as an adventure— Anderson

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and beat him she did—in just over 72 days—with only one dangerous incident. A "titled cad" tried to flirt with her— Sat. Review

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or applied to a critical event that provokes a break in diplomatic relations between countries or suggests the possibility of war
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border incidents

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Episode (see also DIGRESSION) is often used in place of incident in the sense of a single or outstanding event, but the term usually carries a stronger implication of distinctiveness or apartness from the main course than does incident
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a pretty little domestic episode occurred this morning— Meredith

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Clare would inevitably . . . come to regard her passion for Oliver Hobart and its tragic sequel as a romantic episode of girlhood— Rose Macaulay

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Circumstance is used as a synonym of incident only when the latter is thought of as a specific or significant detail
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before closing his door for the night, [he] stood reflecting on the circumstances of the preceding hours— Hardy

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The word is also occasionally used as a syn-onym for event in its more general sense
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a life every circumstance of which is regulated after an unchangeable pattern— Wilde

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Analogous words: appearance, emergence (see corresponding verbs at APPEAR): *juncture, pass, exigency, emergency, contingency: posture, situation, condition, *state

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  • occurrence — [ ɔkyrɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1440; du lat. occurrere → occurrent 1 ♦ Littér. Cas, circonstance. « changeant de route suivant l occurrence » ( Balzac). Mod. (dans des loc.) EN L OCCURRENCE : dans le cas présent. La personne responsable, en l occurrence, M …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Occurrence — Oc*cur rence, n. [Cf. F. occurrence. See {Occur}.] 1. A coming or happening; as, the occurence of a railway collision. [1913 Webster] Voyages detain the mind by the perpetual occurrence and expectation of something new. I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • occurrence — oc·cur·rence n: something that takes place; esp: an accident, event, or continuing condition that causes personal or property damage that is unintended or unexpected from the standpoint of an insured party making a claim Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • occurrence — [ə kʉr′əns] n. 1. the act or fact of occurring 2. something that occurs; event; incident occurrent adj. SYN. OCCURRENCE is the general word for anything that happens or takes place [an unforeseen occurrence]; an EVENT is an occurrence of relative …   English World dictionary

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  • Occurrence — • The coinciding of two liturgical offices on one and the same day Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • occurrence — (n.) 1530s, from M.L. occurrentia, from L. occurentem (nom. occurens), prp. of occurrere (see OCCUR (Cf. occur)) …   Etymology dictionary

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