- of or like a spectacle; marked by or given to an impressive, large-scale display.
- dramatically daring or thrilling: a spectacular dive from a cliff.
- a single television production featuring well-known performers and characterized by elaborate sets, costumes, staging, etc.Compare special(def 14).
- an impressive, large-scale display: another Hollywood spectacular.
Origin of spectacular
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Examples from the Web for spectacularly
So why would conservatives keep giving money to groups that are losing so spectacularly?Right-Wing PACs' Formula: Lose Races, Rake In the Cash
August 14, 2014
But I also felt called to sound a note of caution, even at this spectacularly joyful moment.The Battle for LGBT Equality Isn’t Over Yet
May 25, 2014
Lacking devoted patronage, there Telugu evolved into a spectacularly hideous argot.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
The best new show of the year, which ended as spectacularly as it began, was unable to crack a well-established drama field.Emmy Nomination Surprises and Snubs: ‘House of Cards,’ ‘Orphan Black,’ and More
July 18, 2013
Coverage of routine, predictable services is not insurance at all; it's a spectacularly inefficient prepayment plan.Health and Human Services Secretary Doesn't Understand What Insurance Is
March 27, 2013
He is also as Wolff says spectacularly courageous but easily discouraged.Essays on the Greek Romances
Elizabeth Hazelton Haight
Obviously he had dallied with the demon and was spectacularly the worse for it.The Native Son
Inez Haynes Irwin
Since the world began, there had been few battle-fields so spectacularly laid out.The Siege of Boston
They deserve to become better known, however, especially Lourdat, one of the most spectacularly endowed chteau ruins extant.Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces
In the Streets of New-York, he made a hit by firing a building at the spectacularly disposed audience.
- of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
- unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending
- a lavishly produced performance
Word Origin and History for spectacularly
1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.