the specter of (something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

specter play
  1. : a visible disembodied spirit : ghost

  2. : something that haunts or perturbs the mind : phantasm

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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