dramatic, magnificent (esp. BrE), perfect, picturesque, romantic, scenic

The beautiful gardens provided a scenic backdrop for the wedding ceremony.

economic, historical, political

Their lives played out against a historical backdrop of conflict.


The photographer poses his subjects against painted backdrops.

create, form, provide

Worsening economic conditions have created an unfavorable backdrop for global markets.


She painted the backdrops for school plays.

against a/the backdrop of

The conference begins this week against a backdrop of unmitigated gloom.

backdrop for

The ocean provided the perfect backdrop for a romantic dinner.

backdrop of

The large bay has a superb backdrop of mountains.

backdrop to

War is more than just a dramatic backdrop to the novel.

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