- IPA: /ˈspɛktəkl̩/
spectacle (plural spectacles)
- An exciting or extraordinary scene, exhibition, performance etc.
- The horse race was a thrilling spectacle.
- 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hunger-games,71293/]
- In movie terms, it suggests Paul Verhoeven in Robocop/Starship Troopers mode, an R-rated bloodbath where the grim spectacle of children murdering each other on television is bread-and-circuses for the age of reality TV, enforced by a totalitarian regime to keep the masses at bay.
- An embarrassing or unedifying scene or situation.
- He made a spectacle out of himself.
- (usually, in the plural) An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light.
- (figuratively) An aid to the intellectual sight.
- Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me, Through which he may his very friends see.
- (obsolete) A spyglass; a looking-glass.
- The brille of a snake.
- (rail) A frame with different coloured lenses on a semaphore signal through which light from a lamp shines at night, often a part of the signal arm.
- French: spectacle
- German: Spektakel, Schauspiel
- Italian: spettacolo
- Portuguese: espetáculo, show, mostra
- Russian: зре́лище
- Spanish: espectáculo