Definition of spectator in English:


Line breaks: spec|ta¦tor
Pronunciation: /spɛkˈteɪtə




Pronunciation: /-təˈtɔːrɪəl/
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  • We must question, however, the actual usefulness of such a characterization of spectatorial submission to the visual image of film.
  • The dancers no longer performed for the spectatorial look but rather, engaged with the crowd in immediate exchange.
  • He takes a protective but also frankly spectatorial interest in the lives of his tenants, following their dramas with the fascination of a soap opera addict.


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  • Does ‘our culture of spectatorship neutralise the moral force of photographs of atrocities’?
  • This form of spectatorship contrasts sharply with the interactive performances found in rural villages where most of these maskers normally appear.
  • Within the context of this film, which wilfully denies many of the conventional pleasures of cinema spectatorship, such moments are genuinely transcendent.


late 16th century: from French spectateur or Latin spectator, from spectare 'gaze at, observe' (see spectacle).

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