- 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 spectacularity
Nature's spectacularity diverted him, as if he had been a child, from his own affairs, which seemed to give him a dull pain.The Debtor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
But here in Golden, which had been his home, the spectacularity of his passing seemed to have had an even more profound effect.Down the Columbia
Lewis R. Freeman
- of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
- unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending
- a lavishly produced performance
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Word Origin and History for spectacularity
1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.
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