specter

noun spec·ter \ ˈspek-tər \
variants: or spectre
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of specter

1 :a visible disembodied spirit :ghost
2 :something that haunts or perturbs the mind :phantasm
  • the specter of hunger

Examples of specter in a Sentence

  1. feeling so terrified that every shadow became a specter

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Origin and Etymology of specter

French spectre, from Latin spectrum appearance, specter, from specere to look, look at — more at spy



SPECTER Defined for English Language Learners

specter

noun

Definition of specter for English Language Learners

  • : a ghost or spirit of a dead person


SPECTER Defined for Kids

specter

noun spec·ter
variants: or spectre \ˈspek-tər\

Definition of specter for Students

1 :ghost
2 :something that haunts or bothers the mind
  • the specter of starvation


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