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  • adj. Pertaining to a spectator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a spectator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a spectator.


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From spectator +‎ -ial.


  • The Left had turned from the politics of agency to a disaffected "spectatorial" politics which placed progressives outside the realm and the expectations of practical reform.

    Robert F. Bauer: Richard Rorty and the Riches of Progressive Argument

  • He called for a "party of hope," and hope, for Rorty, lay in eschewing grand theory -- spectatorial analysis of "power" and "systems" -- and concentrating on the hard business of making laws and seeing whether, by passing them, progress, some progress, could be made toward the realization of social justice.

    Robert F. Bauer: Richard Rorty and the Riches of Progressive Argument

  • One of my great spectatorial regrets is not seeing her in Guys and Dolls.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • It seems not to distinguish between the poet, the reciter of the poem, and the audience; no spectatorial distance is allowed to the audience; and the author is allowed little distance from the characters he is representing.

    Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry

  • For example, a unit on Medieval cathedrals and tapestries will explore the theoretical ramifications of the “revered gaze”; we will consider the spectatorial and iconographical correspondences across representations of Christ ‚??

    Oh … So this is what I’m up to this semester | Living the Liminal

  • These days, I make more than I used to (twenty years ago) of the gender-marking of questioning and interpretation in the spectatorial drama of the Ode: a male poet, the female object he would ravish, the heightening of his aggression, and perhaps disdain, in relation to her refusals.

    The Know of Not to Know It: My Returns to Reading and Teaching Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' -

  • While Smith's celebrated contemporaries in other countries were caught up in Gothicism, or refining the idea of the beautiful, wounded ego, Smith wrote about people looking at other people: For him, social life is spectatorial without being creepy or intrusive.

    A City's Shining Moment Helps Shape Our Heritag

  • He was a psychologist rather than a philosopher, and his interest and zest in life, in the relationships of simple people, the intermingling of personal emotions and happy comradeships, kept him from ever forming cynical or merely spectatorial views of humanity.


  • We must not glorify a mild spectatorial pleasure by the name of philosophy, or excuse our indolence under the name of contemplation.

    At Large

  • I recommend to your spectatorial wisdom to animadvert upon: and if you can be successful in it, I need not say how much you will deserve of the town; but new toasts will owe to you their beauty, and new wits their fame.

    The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant


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