Definition of state of things in English:

state of things

noun

  • The way in which events or circumstances stand at a particular time or within a particular sphere; the current situation.

Origin

Late 15th century; earliest use found in Chartier's Traité de l'Esperance. From state + of + things, plural of thing. Compare classical Latin status rērum, in reference to public or political affairs.

Pronunciation

state of things

/ˈsteɪt əv ˌθɪŋz/