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 ?
With his elbows on the table he sat between the two empty bottles, while spectres danced in the light of the unsnuffed candle -- spectres such as Hoffmann strews over his punch-drenched pages, like black, fantastic dust.
In vapid listlessness I leant my head against the window, and continued spelling over Catherine Earnshaw - Heathcliff - Linton, till my eyes closed; but they had not rested five minutes when a glare of white letters started from the dark, as vivid as spectres - the air swarmed with Catherines; and rousing myself to dispel the obtrusive name, I discovered my candle-wick reclining on one of the antique volumes, and perfuming the place with an odour of roasted calf-skin.
All these, however, were mere terrors of the night, phantoms of the mind that walk in darkness; and though he had seen many spectres in his time, and been more than once beset by Satan in divers shapes, in his lonely perambulations, yet daylight put an end to all these evils; and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was--a woman.
Or he may see intellectual spectres and phantoms that are cosmic and logical and that take the forms of syllogisms.
When he re-entered the streets, the passers-by elbowing each other by the light of the shop-fronts, produced upon him the effect of a constant going and coming of spectres about him.
I could not recover myself in some time, till the governor assured me, "that I should receive no hurt:" and observing my two companions to be under no concern, who had been often entertained in the same manner, I began to take courage, and related to his highness a short history of my several adventures; yet not without some hesitation, and frequently looking behind me to the place where I had seen those domestic spectres.
A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of Communism.