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Definition of Spectacle


  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.
  2. A spy-glass; a looking-glass.
  3. 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. Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.

Spectacle Quotations

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
Tom Wolfe

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
James K. Polk

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
John F. Kennedy

For me, the reason why people go to a mountaintop or go to the edge of the ocean is to look at something larger than themselves. That feeling of awe, of going to a cathedral, it's all about feeling lost in something bigger than oneself. To me, that's the definition of spectacle.
Diane Paulus

To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Spectacle Translations

spectacle in Dutch is spektakel, kijkspel, schouwspel
spectacle in German is Schauspiels, Schauspiel, Schauspiel
spectacle in Latin is spectaculum
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