spectre

[ spek-ter ]
/ ˈspɛk tər /

noun Chiefly British.

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specter
[ spek-ter ]
/ ˈspɛk tər /

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.
Also especially British, spec·tre.

Origin of specter

1595–1605; < Latin spectrum; see spectrum

SYNONYMS FOR specter

1 shade. See ghost.
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spectre

US specter

/ (ˈspɛktə) /

noun

a ghost; phantom; apparition
a mental image of something unpleasant or menacingthe spectre of redundancy

Word Origin for spectre

C17: from Latin spectrum, from specere to look at
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