noun something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
- the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape
noun an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
noun a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
F., fr. L. spectaculum
, fr. spectare
to look at, to behold, v. intens. fr. specere
. See Spy
- 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!
- A spy-glass; a looking-glass. Obs.
Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me,
Through which he may his very friends see.
- 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.
- pl. Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.
Shakespeare . . . needed not the spectacles of books to read nature.
Syn. -- Show; sight; exhibition; representation; pageant.
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