the specter of (something)


: a notion or fear of something bad that might happen in the future
a nation alarmed/haunted by the specter of famine/war
News of the disease raised the specter of a possible plague.

Examples of the specter of (something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe observers shouldn’t let the specter of the playoffs diminish their appreciation of regular-season developments, such as Stone’s emergence as a legitimate major league starter or catcher Smith’s improvement throwing out potential base stealers. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2024 The judge ruled against the airline and in favor of the passenger in February, but the specter of a company’s arguing that its own A.I. could not be trusted did not bode well for A.I. management teams. David Streitfeld, New York Times, 28 May 2024 With the specter of war crimes charges now hanging over the Israel-Hamas war, so too are questions. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2024 Frankly Speaking uses this conflict to invoke the specter of clichéd K-drama love triangles, but Jeong-heon remains mostly in the background of Ki-baek and Woo-joo’s chemistry. Geoffrey Bunting, TIME, 24 May 2024 Campos raised the specter of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where protesters in the streets were met with police violence, and divisions erupted inside the venue. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2024 The combination of weak growth and rising prices is raising the specter of stagflation. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune Asia, 16 May 2024 The potential consequences of these charges are severe, with the specter of imprisonment looming large for the senator if convicted. Jeremy Yurow, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024 Therefore, the next time the NCAA raises the specter of the end of sports, courts and policymakers should not be cowed. Dionne Koller, Baltimore Sun, 18 Apr. 2024

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“The specter of (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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