state of affairs

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n state of affairs the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time "the present international situation is dangerous","wondered how such a state of affairs had come about","eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt"
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Quotations

  • Andre Breton
    Andre%20Breton
    “If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.”
  • Paul Klee
    Paul%20Klee
    “The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art.”
  • Cardinal De Richelieu
    Cardinal De Richelieu
    “Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter%20Lippmann
    “In a free society the state does not administer the affairs of men. It administers justice among men who conduct their own affairs.”

Usage

In literature:

Such was the state of affairs in England when Ethelwulf reigned over the kingdom of Wessex.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
Dolly crying and daunted was a state of affairs fraught with anguish to him.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Figuratively speaking, this was the state of affairs with Jim's house.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
And of this state of affairs every one, except their two selves and the necessary lawyer, had remained in ignorance.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
In this state of affairs England looked to the Prince of Orange for help.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
This state of affairs arose out of the shearers' strike, which existed in the Mitchell, Gregory and Flinders districts.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
The chance, then, of efficiency coming to the front in this state of affairs is indeed deplorable.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
Through her absence he had seen the true state of affairs between them, as she could never have made him see it if she had remained at home.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
At the latter place a remarkable state of affairs exists.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
At the moment of our making the acquaintance of this vessel a very unsatisfactory state of affairs happened to prevail on board her.
"The Voyage of the Aurora" by Harry Collingwood
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In poetry:

Before his feet their armies wait,
And swift as flames of fire they move
To manage his affairs of state,
In works of vengeance or of love.
"Hymn 112" by Isaac Watts
Is this some grand affair of state,
A coronation, or display,
By some vainglorious potentate,--
Or can this concourse mark the day
Of some victorious hero's march
Homeward, through triumphal arch?
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Alas ! my dear friend, what a state of affairs !
How unjustly we both are despoil'd of our rights !
Not a pound of black flesh shall I leave to my heirs,
Nor must you any more work to death little whites.
"Epistle Of Condolence From A Slave-Lord To A Cotton-Lord" by Thomas Moore
While thus dismayed o’er matters wrong
An old man chanced to trudge along,
To whom he told, with wormwood tears,
How his affairs were in arrears,
And what a desperate state of things
A picked-up horseshoe sometimes brings.
"The Lucky Horseshoe" by James Thomas Fields
"Now, to put the matter plainly, I've no wish to twist or hedge,
And I'm quite prepared to stand to all the things that I allege.
I aspire to serve Australia in the Big Affairs of State:
To that aim all local interests gladly I'll subordinate.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis

In news:

A sad state of affairs but reason for optimisim.
Sad state of affairs '.
Harry Mitchell (Letters, "Taking a step back," Oct 21, 2009, Gazette) is so typical of the sad state of affairs he decries.
A Sad State of Affairs Our states are in a sad financial state.
Gilad Shalit affair strengthens state of Israel (VIDEO).
The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties.
Secretary Hillary Clinton, eager for the State Department to have its own advisory panel of big thinkers, is convening the new, 25-member Foreign Affairs Policy Board this month.
In fact, this week Joseph C Thornton, the state secretary of military affairs and public safety, termed it "a dire situation.".
GRAND RAPIDS — The World Affairs Council's fall lecture series kicks off Thursday with a look at one of the most troublesome relationships in United States foreign policy.
On the State of World Affairs .
Dr Cartwright previously was the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California at Davis and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost at The Pennsylvania State University.
This state of affairs is what we face in America.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on December 20 before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on a report on the deadly attack on the US diplomatic post in Benghazi , Libya, the committee said on Wednesday.
There are a number of reasons for this sorry state of affairs, including political resistance to the healthcare reform law and concern about the possibility of an adverse Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the statute.
View full size Associated Press US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers opening remarks to the Community of Democracies Governing Council at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday, July 9, 2012 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia .
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In science:

Given the current state of affairs for optimization-based image reconstruction, it is crucial that simulations be as realistic as possible.
Convex optimization problem prototyping for image reconstruction in computed tomography with the Chambolle-Pock algorithm
As one knows in QTOS fundamental concept of density matrix of the system ρ let one correctly describe such state of affairs.
Simple Quantum Model of Learning Explains the Yerkes-Dodson Law in Psychology
This state of affairs has no real impact on the DP sampler discussed in Section 2, because a relabeling of the clusters does not change the probability of the data, and sampling is performed over equivalence classes where the actual label does not matter.
Gibbs Sampling for (Coupled) Infinite Mixture Models in the Stick Breaking Representation
This is a quite satisfying state of affairs, as it shows that the model contains the correct structure of the Regge action with areas β j .
The twistorial structure of loop-gravity transition amplitudes
The state of a universe is a state of affairs, or, an elementary pro jector.
On the Nature of Reality
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