In an ordinary man, this would be singular intrepidity; but circumstanced as O'Donnell was, it amounted to a Roman virtue.
You think I must of necessity, as matters are circumstanced, be Solmes's wife.
Is a man so circumstanced likely to commit so sordid a crime as that with which he is charged?
I am sorry my case is so circumstanced, that I cannot comply.
That your love is now a torment to you; that you can't live any longer thus, nor bear to be so circumstanced?
I must be abrupt; for I am so circumstanced, that I have not a moment's time to spare.
I do; he knows how I am circumstanced, and that my going home was merely because I was tired of looking after the Aurora.
I have told you this because I want you to understand how men are circumstanced in regard to philosophy.
This place abounds in munition for the press; but I am so circumstanced I cannot take advantage of it.
It is for the man to have that;—at any rate for one so circumstanced as you.
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).