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milieu (noun) the social environment a person lives and works in.

The conditions, things, and people that surround you in and influence the way you live and think is your milieu. The social environment that shapes your thinking and way of life is the milieu that you live in. You are out of your milieu if you find yourself in different living conditions from what you are used to. A novel reflects the milieu of the author. That is, the novel gives you an idea of the conditions, things, and the society that shaped the thinking and the way of life of the author.

  • The milieu of the snobbish Victorian society is held up for ridicule in most of the plays of GB Shaw. He criticizes, in a good-humored way, the society and environment of his times.
  • The conditions of life in which he found himself were totally different from the milieu of his hometown. He found himself out of sorts in an environment that had no resemblance to his home.
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