American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of the nature of a spectacle; impressive or sensational.
- n. Something that is spectacular, as:
- n. A single dramatic production of unusual length or lavishness.
- n. An elaborate display.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or of the nature of a show or spectacle; marked or characterized by great display: as, a spectacular drama.
- Pertaining to spectacles or glasses for assisting vision.
- adj. Amazing or worthy of special notice
- adj. dated Related to, or having the character of, a spectacle or entertainment
- adj. Relating to spectacles, or glasses for the eyes.
- n. A spectacular display.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a shows; of the nature of a show.
- adj. Adapted to excite wonder and admiration by a display of pomp or of scenic effects
- adj. Pertaining to spectacles, or glasses for the eyes.
- adj. sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
- adj. characteristic of spectacles or drama
- adj. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
- n. a lavishly produced performance
- From Latin spectaculum ("a sight, show") + -ar (Wiktionary)
“Another of what she calls her "spectacular failures" was a recent project for the Louvre in Paris.”
“The U.S. military says that while the insurgent groups like al Qaeda are on the run, they have not lost their capacity to not only run more detention centers or torture centers like this one to keep the local populations in check, but also to stage what they call spectacular attacks to bring more public attention to their cause.”
“ARENA: Well, I'll tell you that right now, the stance of the intelligence community is one of a lot of concern, only because the intelligence continues to suggest that al Qaeda is planning what they call a spectacular attack on U.S. soil.”
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“In this instance, the word "spectacular" is not an exaggeration.”
“Besides losing both world wars in spectacular fashion, near total destruction in the thirty years war, being Napoleons personal chess board, and spending half of this past century partitioned and garrisoned by the competing superpowers, Germany has spent most of its history as a collection of small principalities under varying degrees of rule by Hapsburgs.”
“Too bad because those trips were in spectacular country.”
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