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spectacular

spec·tac·u·lar

spectacular

 
 
pronunciation:
spek taek y lr
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, pertaining to, or like a spectacle; impressive; marvelous.
The spectacular set for the opera must have been very costly to build.
antonyms:
unimpressive, unspectacular
similar words:
marvelous, sensational
definition 2: daring or exciting.
His last dive was spectacular, and the spectators burst into wild applause.
antonyms:
unexciting, unspectacular
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a single elaborate entertainment production, esp. for television.
The Christmas spectacular drew a large audience.
derivation: spectacularly (adv.)
Word Parts
The word spectacular contains the following parts:
-ar1 Latin adjective-forming suffix that means of, pertaining to, or resembling
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The suffix -ar1attaches to bound Latinate bases to form adjectives. Most adjectives ending in -ar1 combine with the suffix -ity to form nouns ending in -arity. -ar1 is a variant of -al2, -ial that for phonological reasons occurs with bases ending in 'l'.