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1. A ghostly apparition; a phantom.
2. A haunting or disturbing image or prospect: the terrible specter of nuclear war.
[French spectre, from Latin spectrum, appearance, apparition; see spectrum.]
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]
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|Noun||1.||specter - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"|
|2.||specter - 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