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
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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 ?
A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of Communism.
Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain and wrung its shadowy hands.
All covered with dust, white as a spectre, tall as a spectre
In short, he looked as he would have done had he seen a spectre, or had he, indeed, been a spectre himself.
The spectre showed a spectre's ordinary caprice: it gave no sign of being; but the snow and wind whirled wildly through, even reaching my station, and blowing out the light.
said Cedric, addressing what seemed the spectre of his departed friend, ``if thou art mortal, speak
Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.
I threw the door forcibly open, as children are accustomed to do when they expect a spectre to stand in waiting for them on the other side; but nothing appeared.
But one transparent blue morning, when a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea, however unattended with any stagnant calm; when the long burnished sun-glade on the waters seemed a golden finger laid across them, enjoining some secresy; when the slippered waves whispered together as they softly ran on; in this profound hush of the visible sphere a strange spectre was seen by Daggoo from the main-mast-head.
When she had passed on, he began to descend the staircase again, with the slowness which he had observed in the spectre, believing himself to be a spectre too, haggard, with hair on end, his extinguished lamp still in his hand; and as he descended the spiral steps, he distinctly heard in his ear a voice laughing and repeating,--
They want to get away from each other when there is only such a very slight bond as that between them; and one day, I suppose, the pain and the dull monotony of it all had stood before her eyes plainer than usual, and the mocking spectre had frightened her.
The spectre still advanced, and on reaching the middle of the room, looked up and saw the energy with which Don Quixote was crossing himself; and if he was scared by seeing such a figure as hers, she was terrified at the sight of his; for the moment she saw his tall yellow form with the coverlet and the bandages that disfigured him, she gave a loud scream, and exclaiming, "Jesus