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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Definitions for specter

  1. some object or source of terror or dread: the specter of disease or famine.
  2. a visible incorporeal spirit, especially one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition. Also, especially British, spectre.

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Citations for specter
He seemed already to have lost something of himself; to have given up to a hungry specter something of his truth and dignity in order to live. Joseph Conrad, The End of the Tether, 1902
The specter of the genocide, said to be the fastest of its scale in history, is omnipresent in Rwanda, a tiny, mountainous land lying in the heart of Africa. Katy Migiro, "Unreconciled Rwanda," Slate.com, April 6, 2014
Origin of specter
1595-1605
Specter is derived from the Latin verb specĕre meaning "to look, see." It entered English in the early 1600s.