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Meaning of SPECTACLE

Pronunciation:  'spektukul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase"make a spectacle of" yourself
  2. [n]  an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
  3. [n]  something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight); "the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape"

SPECTACLE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: bloomer, blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bullfight, bungle, corrida, display, flub, foul-up, fuckup, naumachia, naumachy, presentation, sight



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Spec"ta*cle\, n. [F., fr. L. spectaculum, fr.
spectare to look at, to behold, v. intens. fr. specere. See
1. Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented
   to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of
   special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show;
   a pageant; a gazingstock.

         O, piteous spectacle? O, bloody times! --Shak.

2. A spy-glass; a looking-glass. [Obs.]

         Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me, Through
         which he may his very friends see.    --Chaucer.

3. pl. An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in
   a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some
   defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from
   bright light.

4. pl. Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.

         Shakespeare . . . needed not the spectacles of books
         to read nature.                       --Dryden.

Syn: Show; sight; exhibition; representation; pageant.