as in stadium
a large usually roofless building for sporting events with tiers of seats for spectators the Roman circus is believed to have held 50,000 spectators in ancient times

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as in pageant
an elaborate, visually exciting show or event the media circus that took place outside the courthouse every day of the murder trial

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“Circus.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/circus. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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