specter

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noun spec·ter \ˈspek-tər\
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spectre

Definition of specter

  1. 1 :  a visible disembodied spirit :  ghost

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of specter

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


First Known Use: 1605



SPECTER Defined for English Language Learners

specter

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noun spec·ter \ˈspek-tər\

Definition of specter for English Language Learners

  • : a ghost or spirit of a dead person


SPECTER Defined for Kids

specter

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

spectre

\ˈspek-tər\

Definition of specter for Students

  1. 1 :  ghost

  2. 2 :  something that haunts or bothers the mind the specter of starvation



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