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spectacular

[spek-tak-yuh-ler] /spɛkˈtæk yə lər/
adjective
1.
of or like a spectacle; marked by or given to an impressive, large-scale display.
2.
dramatically daring or thrilling:
a spectacular dive from a cliff.
noun
3.
a single television production featuring well-known performers and characterized by elaborate sets, costumes, staging, etc.
Compare special (def 14).
4.
an impressive, large-scale display:
another Hollywood spectacular.
Origin of spectacular
1675-1685
1675-85; < Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1
Related forms
spectacularity
[spek-tak-yuh-lar-i-tee] /spɛkˌtæk yəˈlær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
spectacularism, noun
spectacularly, adverb
nonspectacular, adjective
nonspectacularly, adverb
unspectacular, adjective
unspectacularly, adverb
Synonyms
2. hair-raising, dramatic, breathtaking.
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  • She wasn't much to look at—not ugly, just small, brunette, and unspectacular—but she was a supernova of an assistant.

    Industrial Revolution Poul William Anderson
  • There was an unusual amount of press interest in what might have seemed a routine and unspectacular hearing.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • Because of my guru's unspectacular guise, only a few of his contemporaries recognized him as a superman.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • Kenwick watching her, felt a little cheated by the unspectacular quality of her technic.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for unspectacular

unspectacular

/ˌʌnspɛkˈtækjʊlə/
adjective
1.
not of or resembling a spectacle; unimpressive: a steady if unspectacular performance

spectacular

/spɛkˈtækjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
2.
unusually marked or great: a spectacular increase in spending
noun
3.
a lavishly produced performance
Derived Forms
spectacularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unspectacular

spectacular

adj.

1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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