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specter

[spek-ter]
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noun
  1. a visible incorporeal spirit, especially one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition.
  2. some object or source of terror or dread: the specter of disease or famine.
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Also especially British, spec·tre.

Origin of specter

1595–1605; < Latin spectrum; see spectrum

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1. shade. See ghost.
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n.

c.1600, from French spectre "an image, figure, ghost" (16c.), from Latin spectrum "appearance, vision, apparition" (see spectrum).

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