Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPECTACLE

The spectacle as night fell was strange, ominous, but not unpicturesque.

It is a spectacle that may inspire the philosopher no less than the artist.

There was a hideous fascination in this spectacle stretched before us.

He saw himself as he was—or nearly—and the spectacle did not please him.

They did not talk much; there was a silencing awe in the spectacle.

No other city in course of evolution has ever furnished such a spectacle.

The artillery portion of the spectacle produced a still greater effect.

But to the cub the spectacle of her protective rage was pleasing.

As the music ceased, the master of the spectacle came forth from his retreat.

Stanley was the first of us to recover from the shock of this spectacle.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "specially prepared or arranged display," from Old French spectacle, from Latin spectaculum "a show, spectacle," from spectare "to view, watch," frequentative form of specere "to look at," from PIE *spek- "to observe" (see scope (n.1)).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPECTACLE

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.