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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OCCASION

I had a warm regard for your father, and shall be glad to help your mother if there is any occasion.

To Alec Haskell I shall in this discourse again have occasion to refer.

I never had occasion to check or to use an angry word to one of my party.

We are not now about to give him any idle panegyric on the occasion.

It must have been written for the occasion, for the sentiment of it was in accordance with the prayer.

I beg your pardon, dear Madam, and your patience with me on such an occasion as this.

You shall all have your directions in writing, if there be occasion.

I am afraid you will condemn my warmth: But does not the occasion require it?

The young Tory's first election address was delivered upon this occasion.

I went with a very cheerful aspect: but had occasion soon to change it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "opportunity; grounds for action, state of affairs that makes something else possible; a happening, occurrence," from Old French ochaison, ocasion "cause, reason, excuse, pretext; opportunity" (13c.) or directly from Latin occasionem (nominative occasio) "opportunity, appropriate time," in Late Latin "cause," from occasum, occasus, past participle of occidere "fall down, go down," from ob "down, away" (see ob-) + cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). The notion is of a "falling together," or juncture, of circumstances.

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