spectre

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spec·tre

 (spĕk′tər)
n. Chiefly British
Variant of specter.

spectre

(ˈspɛktə) or

specter

n
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) a ghost; phantom; apparition
2. a mental image of something unpleasant or menacing: the spectre of redundancy.
[C17: from Latin spectrum, from specere to look at]

spec•ter

(ˈspɛk tər)

n.
1. a visible incorporeal spirit, esp. one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition.
2. some object or source of terror or dread: the specter of disease.
Also, esp. Brit., spectre.
[1595–1605; < Latin spectrum; see spectrum]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spectre - a ghostly appearing figurespectre - a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
Flying Dutchman - the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day
2.spectre - a mental representation of some haunting experiencespectre - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"

spectre

noun ghost, spirit, phantom, presence, vision, shadow, shade (literary), apparition, wraith, eidolon His spectre is said to walk the castle battlements.
Translations
duchzjevení
spøgelse
draugur
rēgsspoks

spectre

specter (US) [ˈspektəʳ] Nespectro m, fantasma m

spectre

[ˈspɛktər] (British) specter (US) n
[war, famine, poverty, death] → spectre m
(= ghost) → spectre m

spectre

, (US) specter
nGespenst nt; (fig)(Schreck)gespenst nt; the spectre of a woman in whitedie Erscheinung einer Frau in Weiß

spectre

specter (Am) [ˈspɛktəʳ] nspettro

spectre

(American usually) specter (ˈspektə) noun
a ghost.
References in classic literature ?
As time went on, the people of the region became sorely distressed about the Specter of the Haunted Cave.
Tormented, in the hall, with difficulties and obstacles, I remember sinking down at the foot of the staircase--suddenly collapsing there on the lowest step and then, with a revulsion, recalling that it was exactly where more than a month before, in the darkness of night and just so bowed with evil things, I had seen the specter of the most horrible of women.
Afterward, when he saw the despair of his family, and reckoned up the money he had spent, the tears came into his eyes, and he began the long battle with the specter.
Mentored by FBI Assistant Director Jonathan Cordero to investigate crimes committed by specters, Audra believes she is on the trail of a serial killer specter with an M.
1) I outline Derrida's theory of specters (2) and show that Derrida's theory of hauntology is based on the idea that there are specters which haunt the present and prevent the end of history.
Focusing specifically on American culture, Kindred Specters observes how non-normative forms of kinship (including interracial relationships and the fairly recent issue of gay marriage) have been relentlessly condemned to the extent that the abstract concept of death is projected upon and associated with them.