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SPECTACLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spectacle mean? 

SPECTACLE (noun)
  The noun SPECTACLE has 3 senses:

1. something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
2. an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
3. a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase 'make a spectacle of' yourself

  Familiarity information: SPECTACLE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPECTACLE (noun)


Sense 1spectacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape

Hypernyms ("spectacle" is a kind of...):

sight (anything that is seen)


Sense 2spectacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("spectacle" is a kind of...):

display; presentation (a visual representation of something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spectacle"):

bullfight; corrida (a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators)

naumachia; naumachy (a naval spectacle; a mock sea battle put on by the ancient Romans)


Sense 3spectacle [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase 'make a spectacle of' yourself

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("spectacle" is a kind of...):

bloomer; blooper; blunder; boner; boo-boo; botch; bungle; flub; foul-up; fuckup; pratfall (an embarrassing mistake)


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