environment

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Surrounding things or conditions
Nouns
1. environment, encompassment, circumjacence, circumference; atmosphere, ambience, aura, medium, surroundings (see circumstance); environs, outposts, outskirts, suburbs, purlieus, precincts, neighborhood, vicinity, background, setting, habitat, milieu, stamping ground; ecology, ecosystem, biome. Informal, neck of the woods; context. Slang, hangout, turf. See nearness, circumscription.
2. environmental science, environmentalism; environmental art, design, etc.; bionomics; recycling; ecodefense.
3. environmentalist, ecodefender. Slang, ecofreak, posy-sniffer, bunny-or tree-hugger; antinuke.
Verbs — environ, lie around or about, surround, compass, encompass, enclose, encircle, embrace.
Adjectives
1. circumjacent, circumambient, ambient, surrounding, encompassing, enclosing, suburban, neighboring, vicinal.
2. environmental, ecological, environmentally friendly.
Adverbs — around, about; on every side, on all sides, all around, round about; in the neighborhood or vicinity.
Quotations — The supreme reality of our time is... the vulnerability of our planet (J. F. Kennedy), We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do (Stockholm Conference), Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land (Aldo Leopold), We must make our garden grow (Voltaire), Pity the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Don Marquis).
Antonyms, see distance.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. conditions, living conditions, circumstances, surroundings, ambience, climate, atmosphere, entourage, scene, environs, external conditions, milieu, background, setting, locale, habitat, ecosystem, situation, context.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
surroundings, habitat, setting, environs, milieu, domain, terrain, turf, neighborhood, territory, *stomping grounds, world, atmosphere, climate, element, medium.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Existing surroundings that affect an activity: circumstance (often used in plural), condition (used in plural). Slang: scene. See BE. 2. A surrounding area: environs, locale, locality, neighborhood, precinct (used in plural), surroundings, vicinity. See NEAR, PLACE. 3. The totality of surrounding conditions and circumstances affecting growth or development: ambiance, atmosphere, climate, medium, milieu, mise en scene, surroundings, world. See BE, LIMITED, PLACE.

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