from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality of being fully or minutely detailed.
- n. A particular detail or circumstance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Minute detail.
- n. An irrelevant detail that disturbs one's thought process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state, characteristic, or quality of being circumstantial; particularity or minuteness of detail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being circumstantial; minuteness; fullness of detail: as, the circumstantiality of a story or description.
- n. A circumstance; a particular detail.
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The almost dreamlike film that seems to cover his paintings, softening and refining reality, is swept away in the drawings on view, which have the immediacy, the circumstantiality, of life itself.
He goes on to note that Carlyle's narrative cuts rapidly "from individuals, often humble and seen only momentarily, and highly particular situations, rendered in full concrete circumstantiality, to cosmic and world-historical perspectives, with many intermediary points in between."
Mrs Chivery derived a surprising force of emphasis from the foregoing circumstantiality and repetition.
One would almost have supposed he must have been their contemporary, and have actually beheld the passages which he related, so much had he identified his feelings and opinions with theirs, and so much had his narratives the circumstantiality of an eye-witness.
What they could not forgive, or get over, was the extraordinary circumstantiality of the fictions which with she had gulled them: to be able to invent lies with such proficiency meant that you had been born with a criminal bent. —
I have set down, and that, too, with all the circumstantiality of an eye - witness. 2 2
His movements were of an impossible circumstantiality, out of all proportion to the trifling service she had asked of him; for, at heart, she cared as little about the rushes as about anything else.
Also, it was not, she began to grasp, a case of stating a simple fact, in simple words; it meant all the circumstantiality of complicated explanation; it meant a still more murderous tearing up of emotion.
He also brought back with him, his biographers assert, an infant daughter, the offspring of an amour, as some of them with great circumstantiality inform us, with a Lisbon lady of noble birth, whose name, however, as well as that of the street she lived in, they omit to mention.
An attempt is made in it, by simplicity of style, minuteness of nautical descriptions, and circumstantiality of narration, to give it that air of truth which constitutes the principal attraction of Sir