circumstance (n.) Old form(s): circumstaunce
circumlocution, verbiage, unnecessary detail
E3 III.i.8[Lorraine to King John] not to spend the time in circumstance
MV I.i.154[Antonio to Bassanio] You ... herein spend but time / To wind about my love with circumstance
Oth I.i.13[Iago to Roderigo, of Othello and Iago's supporters] he ... / Evades them with a bombast circumstance
TS V.i.23[Petruchio to Pedant as Vincentio] leave frivolous circumstances
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