- 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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2. hair-raising, dramatic, breathtaking.
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Examples from the Web for unspectacular
Meanwhile, Gonzaga has done what it always seems to do: play solid (if unspectacular) basketball all season long.March Madness: 5 Games to Watch
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The actor's bizarre interlude essentially negated a solid if unspectacular performance by the Republican nominee for president.Romney Camp Defends Eastwood
August 31, 2012
There was an unusual amount of press interest in what might have seemed a routine and unspectacular hearing.The Great Gray Plague
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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
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Kenwick watching her, felt a little cheated by the unspectacular quality of her technic.The Rest Hollow Mystery
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Because of my guru's unspectacular guise, only a few of his contemporaries recognized him as a superman.Autobiography of a YOGI
- not of or resembling a spectacle; unimpressivea steady if unspectacular performance
- 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 unspectacular
1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper