- a highly spectacular or artificial device or means, especially for attracting attention.
Origin of stage effect
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for stage effect
Othello is probably the character best adapted to stage-effect, and Kean has an uninterrupted power over us in playing it.
Though the humour was often prepared, the construction showed a rare mastery of stage-effect.Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)
In his Plaideurs there is more of humour and stage-effect than of wit.
- a special effect created on the stage by lighting, sound, etc
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