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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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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
Also especially British, spec·tre .

Origin of specter

First recorded 1595–1605; from Latin spectrum “appearance, form”; see spectrum

synonym study for specter

1. See ghost.
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