List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 267

SYNONYMS: occurrence, happening, event, incident, episode, circumstance.
These nouns all refer to something that takes place or comes to pass.

Occurrence and happening are the most general: an everyday occurrence; a happening of no great importance.
Event usually signifies a notable occurrence: The events of the day are reported on the evening news. Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.
Incident may apply to a minor occurrence: Errors are inescapable incidents in the course of scientific research. The term may also refer to a distinct event of sharp identity and significance: His debut at Carnegie Hall was an exciting incident in his life.
An episode is an incident in the course of a progression or within a larger sequence: Happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.
Circumstance in this comparison denotes a particular incident or occurrence: It was only by circumstance he was there.

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