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specter

[ spek-ter ]
/ ˈspɛk tər /
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noun

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.

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RELATED WORDS

shadow, demon, phantom, presence, apparition, appearance, spook, doppelganger, poltergeist, phantasm, spirit, vision

Nearby words

spectator, spectator pump, spectator sport, spectator, the, spectatorial, specter, spectinomycin, spector, spectra, spectra yellow, spectral
Also especially British, spec·tre.

Origin of specter

1595–1605; < Latin spectrum; see spectrum
SYNONYMS FOR specter
1 shade. See ghost.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for specter

specter


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper