Spectacle

  • 1 spectacle — [ spɛktakl ] n. m. • v. 1200; lat. spectaculum 1 ♦ Ensemble de choses ou de faits qui s offre au regard. ⇒ aspect, tableau. « Des vers que nous inspirait le spectacle de la nature » (Chateaubriand). Au spectacle de : à la vue de. Donner qqch. en… …

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  • 2 spectacle — SPECTACLE. s. m. Representation que l on donne au public pour le divertir. l Opera est un beau spectacle. la comedie est un agreable spectacle. aller aux spectacles. les spectacles sont necessaires pour amuser les peuples. il aime les spectacles …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 3 Spectacle — Spec ta*cle, n. [F., fr. L. spectaculum, fr. spectare to look at, to behold, v. intens. fr. specere. See {Spy}.] 1. Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a… …

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  • 4 spectacle — (n.) 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 (Cf. scope) (1)) …

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  • 5 spectacle — public, Spectaculum. Un spectacle qui n est point agreable, Minime gratum spectaculum. Spectacle triste, Miserum spectaculum …

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  • 6 spectacle — ► NOUN ▪ a visually striking performance or display. ● make a spectacle of oneself Cf. ↑make a spectacle of oneself ORIGIN Latin spectaculum public show , from specere to look …

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  • 7 spectacle — [spek′tə kəl] n. [OFr < L spectaculum < spectare, to behold, freq. of specere, to see: see SPY] 1. something to look at, esp. some strange or remarkable sight; unusual display 2. a public show or exhibition on a grand scale 3. [pl.] Old… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 spectacle — index phenomenon (manifestation), phenomenon (unusual occurrence), scene, vision (dream) Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

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  • 9 spectacle — [n] something showy; exhibition comedy, curiosity, demonstration, display, drama, event, exposition, extravaganza, marvel, movie, pageant, parade, performance, phenomenon, play, production, representation, scene, show, sight, spectacular, tableau …

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  • 10 spectacle — (spè kta kl ) s. m. 1°   Tout ce qui attire le regard, l attention, arrête la vue. •   Au spectacle sanglant d un ami qu il faut suivre...., CORN. Poly. III, 3. •   Auguste journée où ces deux rois [d Espagne et de France], avec leur cour d une… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 11 SPECTACLE — s. m. Il se dit de Tout objet ou ensemble d objets qui attire les regards, l attention, qui arrête la vue. Beau spectacle. Triste, horrible spectacle. Spectacle d horreur. Spectacle tragique. Spectacle touchant, instructif. Spectacle magnifique,… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 12 SPECTACLE — n. m. Vue d’ensemble qui attire les regards, l’attention. Beau spectacle. Triste, horrible spectacle. Spectacle d’horreur. Spectacle tragique. Spectacle touchant, instructif. Spectacle ravissant, délicieux. Un doux spectacle. Je ne saurais… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 13 Spectacle — For other uses, see Spectacle (disambiguation). In general, spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates. Derived in Middle English from c. 1340 as specially prepared or arranged display it was borrowed from Old… …

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  • 14 Spectacle — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Spectacle de théâtre de rue …

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  • 15 spectacle — 01. Thousands of people showed up for the horrifying [spectacle] of a public hanging. 02. The [spectacle] of the governor in tears at the press conference totally shocked the reporters who were present. 03. The hockey fight is a uniquely Canadian …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 spectacle — n. show, exhibition 1) to stage a spectacle 2) a dramatic spectacle object of curiosity 3) to make a spectacle of oneself 4) a pitiful spectacle * * * [ spektək(ə)l] [ object of curiosity ] to make a spectacle of oneself [ show, exhibition ] to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 spectacle — [[t]spe̱ktək(ə)l[/t]] spectacles 1) N PLURAL: also a pair of N Glasses are sometimes referred to as spectacles. [FORMAL] He looked at me over the tops of his spectacles. ...thick spectacle frames. 2) N COUNT A spectacle is a strange or… …

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  • 18 spectacle — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ dramatic, grand (esp. BrE), great, magnificent ▪ sad, sorry, unedifying (esp. BrE) ▪ the sad spectacle of him struggling t …

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  • 19 spectacle — nm. spèktâkl(y)o (Villards Thônes | Albanais.001). A1) se donner en spectacle, se montrer ostensiblement, flirter au grand jour, s exhiber : s afichî <s afficher> vp. (001). A2) se donner en spectacle (pour amuser les autres) : se balyé à… …

    Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

  • 20 spectacle — spectacleless, adj. spectaclelike, adj. /spek teuh keuhl/, n. 1. anything presented to the sight or view, esp. something of a striking or impressive kind: The stars make a fine spectacle tonight. 2. a public show or display, esp. on a large scale …

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