- a visible incorporeal spirit, especially one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition.
- some object or source of terror or dread: the specter of disease or famine.
Origin of specter
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Examples from the Web for spectre
Craig is signed on for just one more Bond flick after Spectre.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Studio Head Wants Idris Elba For the Next James Bond
December 19, 2014
A spectre is haunting the internet—the spectre of Open Sarcasm.The Rise and Fall of the Infamous SarcMark
September 24, 2013
Nonetheless, it would have been better if the Supreme Court had not raised this spectre by halting the process.What if the Supreme Court Had Declined to Hear Bush v. Gore?
April 29, 2013
A specter is haunting the world,” they chant, echoing the first sentence of the Communist Manifesto: “The spectre of capitalism.In ‘Cosmopolis,’ Robert Pattinson Depicts Financial World Gone Mad
August 22, 2012
Perhaps, to observe whether he had any spectre on his conscience.A Tale of Two Cities
Get rid of that, and you have driven away the spectre of hunger for ever.Freeland
The Shadow which lurks in every bridal lamp had become the Spectre of the bedchamber.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
The frightfulness of his intention stood like a spectre before me.The Book of Khalid
He was afraid that Therese might bring the spectre of Camille with her.Therese Raquin
- a ghost; phantom; apparition
- a mental image of something unpleasant or menacingthe spectre of redundancy
Word Origin and History for spectre
c.1600, from French spectre "an image, figure, ghost" (16c.), from Latin spectrum "appearance, vision, apparition" (see spectrum).