One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In an impressive, dramatic, or eye-catching way.‘the immense skyscraper is spectacularly lit up’‘two companies have performed spectacularly’
- ‘Candelabras and aromatherapy candles are lit in the evening and reflect spectacularly in the large Venetian mirror.’
- ‘The brooches, which had been very large and spectacularly ornate, gave way in the later ninth century to smaller, monochromatic silver and black pieces.’
- ‘He gazed upon the spectacularly beautiful valley.’
- ‘He has seen Disney rise spectacularly from the ashes during his 11 years with the company.’
- ‘At night, light from the interior radiates out in thousands of shimmering pinpricks, like a spectacularly illuminated porcupine.’
- 1.1 To a strikingly large or obvious degree.‘the plan backfired spectacularly’as submodifier ‘a spectacularly stupid idea’
- ‘The album features a spectacularly banal set of lyrics.’
- ‘She's come a long way from being spectacularly awful as Michael Corleone's daughter.’
- ‘He succeeds in becoming John Doe, even in the midst of such spectacularly false and manipulated media proceedings.’
- ‘He was yesterday sentenced to prison for his role in the fraud that led the company to collapse so spectacularly.’
- ‘His willingness to fail spectacularly always seems to outweigh taking the easy option.’
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