a single distinct event
a public disturbance
"the police investigated an incident at the bus station"
falling or striking of light rays on something
(sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
"incidental expenses"; "the road will bring other incidental advantages"; "extra duties incidental to the job"; "labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion"; "confusion incidental to a quick change"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
An accident is that which happens without any one's direct intention; a chance that which happens without any known cause. If the direct cause of a railroad accident is known, we can not call it a chance. To the theist there is, in strictness, no chance, all things being by divine causation and control; but chance is spoken of where no special cause is manifest: "By chance there came down a certain priest that way," Luke x, 31. We can speak of a game of chance, but not of a game of accident. An incident is viewed as occurring in the regular course of things, but subordinate to the main purpose, or aside from the main design. Fortune is the result of inscrutable controlling forces. Fortune and chance are nearly equivalent, but chance can be used of human effort and endeavor as fortune can not be; we say "he has a chance of success," or "there is one chance in a thousand," where we could not substitute fortune; as personified, Fortune is regarded as having a fitful purpose, Chance as purposeless; we speak of fickle Fortune, blind Chance; "Fortune favors the brave." The slaughter of men is an incident of battle; unexpected defeat, the fortune of war. Since the unintended is often the undesirable, accident tends to signify some calamity or disaster, unless the contrary is expressed, as when we say a fortunate or happy accident. An adventure is that which may turn out ill, a misadventure that which does turn out ill. A slight disturbing accident is a mishap. Compare EVENT; HAZARD.
The accident of birth; an accident to the machinery.
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How to use incident in a sentence?
I fully understand that recent tragic events elsewhere in the country will mean there will be increased interest and heightened concern regarding this incident.
After this incident, I'm just very happy with the outcome of my day, that we all can go back home safe and sound with our families. For the safety of the marshals I hope it (such an incident) never happens again.
Throughout the incident, The US soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols.
As the commander of this organization, I take all threats seriously, and I assess all threats, and right now, you know, yes, green on blue could be a threat, but we have not had a single incident.
China's use of the death penalty as a political tool does not address the root of the problem, china continues to make use of this incident to incite discrimination against Uighurs.
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- واقعة, حادثة, حادثArabic
- осраҡ, хәл, осраҡлы, ваҡиғаBashkir
- Vorfall, Ereignis, Begebenheit, Geschehnis, Störfall, einfallendGerman
- προσπίπτουσα, συναφής, προσπίπτωνGreek
- selkkaus, lankeava, johtuva, tapaus, tapahtuma, välikohtausFinnish
- tuiteamasScottish Gaelic
- պատահար, դեպք, դիպվածArmenian
- 事件, 사건Korean
- gebeuren, voorval, gebeurtenis, episode, inslaand, inherentDutch
- padający, wydarzenie, incydent, towarzyszący, wynikającyPolish
- deranjament, caz, incident, minor incident, mic incident, episod, incidentalRomanian
- случай, падающий, свойственный, происшествие, инцидентRussian
- händelse, olyckshändelse, tilldragelse, tillbudSwedish
- biến cốVietnamese
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