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Definition of Background


  1. Ground in the rear or behind, or in the distance, as opposed to the foreground, or the ground in front.
  2. The space which is behind and subordinate to a portrait or group of figures.
  3. Anything behind, serving as a foil; as, the statue had a background of red hangings.
  4. A place in obscurity or retirement, or out of sight.

Background Quotations

I just get so fed up with seeing the same things written about me. If I see the words 'ice queen' attached to me, I feel like banging my head against the wall. There's this perception that I can only be in a film if I have a glass of champagne in my hand and a stately home in the background.
Kristin Scott Thomas

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
James Madison

Revolutionaries who come to power by force of arms usually have great crimes in their background. Leaders who survive campaigns by great powers to destroy them do not survive because they observe the niceties of law. Subversives who shape world events by covert action and violence work in shadows and detest the light of day.
Stephen Kinzer

People think that I'm mean because I'm quiet, and I don't really go out places or because I don't really say too much. On the other hand, people think that I'm soft because I may not handle myself the way other people handle themselves. That's just not me. They don't know my background or none of that stuff.
Derrick Rose

I was raised never to carp about things and never to moan, because in vaudeville, which is my background, you just got on with it through all kinds of adversities.
Julie Andrews
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Background Translations

background in Afrikaans is agtergrond
background in Dutch is achtergrond
background in Finnish is tausta
background in German is Hintergrund
background in Italian is sfondo
background in Norwegian is bakgrunn
background in Portuguese is fundo
background in Spanish is fondo, antecedentes, trasfondo
background in Swedish is bakgrund
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