reduced circumstances

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Annakrutitskaya, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Annakrutitskaya Senior Member

    Russian
    Dear Native Speakers,

    Unfortunately, I can't find the original source of the phrase below (I've googled it but no result) but could you, please, explain what does it mean to 'reduce circumstances'? Can it mean here that the author skipped some facts about the event or some other details and that is why it is said that he 'reduced circumstances' by making them look different?

    How he reached to this suddenly slackened tempo and reduced circumstances we know from a letter he wrote to his friend. (I'm not sure but I think that it's from Machiavelli)

    Thank you!
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013
  2. velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    He found himself with not much to do and very much poorer.
     
  3. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    California
    English - US
    I agree with velisarius; to be in 'reduced circumstances' is to be worse off financially, and so be living in a worse situation.
    Here is a discussion of the same idiom in a different context: he was considerably reduced in his circumstances,
     
  4. perpend

    perpend Banned

    American English
    --not relevant--
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013
  5. velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    Machiavelli had fallen from favour, been banished from Florence for a year and returned, only to live on his country farm; far from his active life in politics and with a greatly reduced income.
     
  6. Annakrutitskaya Senior Member

    Russian
    thank you very much Velisarius and Cagey :)
     

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