make spectacle oneself

spectacle

[spek-tuh-kuhl]
noun
1.
anything presented to the sight or view, especially something of a striking or impressive kind: The stars make a fine spectacle tonight.
2.
a public show or display, especially on a large scale: The coronation was a lavish spectacle.
3.
spectacles, eyeglasses, especially with pieces passing over or around the ears for holding them in place.
4.
Often, spectacles.
a.
something resembling spectacles in shape or function.
b.
any of various devices suggesting spectacles, as one attached to a semaphore to display lights or different colors by colored glass.
5.
Obsolete. a spyglass.
Idioms
6.
make a spectacle of oneself, to call attention to one's unseemly behavior; behave foolishly or badly in public: They tell me I made a spectacle of myself at the party last night.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Latin spectāculum a sight, spectacle, derivative of spectāre, frequentative of specere to look, regard. See -cle2

spectacleless, adjective
spectaclelike, adjective
superspectacle, noun


1. marvel, wonder, sight, show.
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spectacle (ˈspɛktəkəl)
 
n
1.  a public display or performance, esp a showy or ceremonial one
2.  a thing or person seen, esp an unusual or ridiculous one: he makes a spectacle of himself
3.  a strange or interesting object or phenomenon
4.  (modifier) of or relating to spectacles: a spectacle case
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin spectaculum a show, from spectāre to watch, from specere to look at]

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spectacle
mid-14c., "specially prepared or arranged display," from O.Fr. spectacle, from L. spectaculum "a show, spectacle," from spectare "to view, watch," frequentative form of specere "to look at," from PIE *spek- "to observe" (see scope (1)).
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