spectacular

[spek-tak-yuh-ler]
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:
1675–85; < Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1

spectacularity [spek-tak-yuh-lar-i-tee] , spectacularism, noun
spectacularly, adverb
nonspectacular, adjective
nonspectacularly, adverb
unspectacular, adjective
unspectacularly, adverb


2. hair-raising, dramatic, breathtaking.
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spectacular (spɛkˈtækjʊlə)
 
adj
1.  of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
2.  unusually marked or great: a spectacular increase in spending
 
n
3.  a lavishly produced performance
 
spec'tacularly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

spectacular
1680s, from L. spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890.
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Example sentences
It has come at the expense of more established stars, and it has been routinely
  spectacular.
Our students' spectacular hunger for life makes them radically vulnerable.
And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability.
Zoom in on a spectacular bird photo to reveal hundreds more photos making up
  the original.
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