Spectacle

Definition of Spectacle

Spec´ta`cle
n.1.Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show; a pageant; a gazingstock.
O, piteous spectacle? O, bloody times!
- Shak.
2.A spy-glass; a looking-glass.
Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me,
Through which he may his very friends see.
- Chaucer.
3.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.
4.Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.
Shakespeare . . . needed not the spectacles of books to read nature.
- Dryden.

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