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From Latin spectātor, from frequentative verb spectō (“watch"), from speciō (“look at").
Latin spectātor from spectāre to watch spectacle
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
He was a spectator rather than an actor on the stage of the world.
In that garb he'd make a better spectator than anything else.
In June 1830 The Northern Spectator was suspended.
In fact, she had been nothing more than a spectator for a convincing roll Cade was playing.
Before this time the daily issue of the Spectator had reached 3000 copies; it then fell to 1600; the price was raised from a penny to twopence, but the paper came to an end in 1714.
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