Definition of the specter of (something)
- a nation alarmed/haunted by the specter of famine/war
- News of the disease raised the specter of a possible plague.
: a visible disembodied spirit : ghost
: something that haunts or perturbs the mind : phantasm
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: some indeterminate amount more than a specified number
: a person or thing of consequence
: in some degree : somewhat
used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
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