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spectacle

spec·ta·cle

spectacle

 
pronunciation:
spek t kl
phrases:
make a spectacle of oneself
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a visible, usu. impressive thing or action, esp. a public performance or display.
 
synonyms:
extravaganza, marvel, pageant, splash
similar words:
apparition, pageantry, sight
definition 2: something that is, has been, or can be seen.
After the rain, a very different spectacle awaited us.
synonyms:
sight
definition 3: (pl.) eyeglasses, or something resembling them in appearance or use.
synonyms:
eyeglasses, glasses, specs
phrase: make a spectacle of oneself
Word History
Spectacle comes from spectare, a Latin word that means "to view or watch."