follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for spectacularity
Historical Examples
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for spectacularity

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for spectacularity

spectacular

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for spectacular

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for spectacularity

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends