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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

A forest of these trees is a spectacle too much for one man to see.
David Douglas

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
Walter Bagehot

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

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support?
James Madison

There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.
Victor Hugo
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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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