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spectacle

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Definition a notable or unusual event that attracts attention

The term spectacles is also used to refer to eyeglasses.
  • She argues that the Olympic Games have become indistinguishable from other commercialized sports spectacles.
spectacles = events that attract attention
  • Don't make a spectacle of yourself.
  • spectacle = something that attracts attention
  • It made for an unforgettable sports spectacle.
  • spectacle = a notable or unusual event that attracts attention
  • The driver of the lorry pulled up at the side of the road and, with his two companions, stared open-mouthed at the extraordinary spectacle.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • What a spectacle she made, her wide rear end sticking out, singing in that tuneless, nasal voice.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • spectacle = something that attracts attention
  • It somehow made the event grander, a greater spectacle.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • And when, as on that day, nine of the greatest masked spirits in the clan came out together it was a terrifying spectacle.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • Lina turned away from the miserable spectacle.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • But the most terrifying spectacle of all was Boxer, rearing up on his hind legs and striking out with his great iron-shod hoofs like a stallion.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • Always at night the alarm comes. Never by day! Is it because fire is prettier by night? More spectacle, a better show?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • spectacle = noteworthy (impressive or attention-getting)
  • My mind became unnaturally calm, as if part of me had lifted right up out of my body and was sitting on a tree limb watching the spectacle from a safe distance.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • spectacle = noteworthy thing to see
  • On a beach, they made a spectacle of themselves when Fred, feeling emasculated by the pity over his missing leg, flung away his crutches, hopped over to Louie, and tackled him.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • spectacle = something that attracts attention
  • But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be—a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • spectacle = noteworthy thing to see
  • I took off running, my sneakers splashing rainwater from puddles, the hand clutching the kite end of the string held high above my head. It had been so long, so many years since I'd done this, and I wondered if I'd make a spectacle of myself.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • spectacle = something that attracts attention
  • Perhaps there was a more real torture in her first unattended footsteps from the threshold of the prison than even in the procession and spectacle that have been described, where she was made the common infamy, at which all mankind was summoned to point its finger.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • Nat and the redheaded seaman who had painted the Dolphin's figurehead that morning on the river were cheerfully exchanging insults with a cluster of young bound boys who had stopped to enjoy the spectacle, the two culprits holding their own in an unchastened manner that delighted the onlookers.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • spectacle = something that attracts attention
  • Weren't they thrilled by the spectacle before them?
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • spectacle = a notable or unusual event that attracts attention
  • People were coming from all over to see the spectacle, which featured Pompeii's champion fighter.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • spectacle = a notable or unusual event that attracts attention
  • For a moment the khaki mob was silent, petrified, at the spectacle of this wanton sacrilege, with amazement and horror.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • spectacle = event that attracts attention
  • Alas! if he discern such sinfulness in his own white soul, what horrid spectacle would he behold in thine or mine!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
spectacle = thing that attracts attention

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