the specter of (something)

Definition of the specter of (something)

  1. :  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

  1. :  a visible disembodied spirit :  ghost

    :  something that haunts or perturbs the mind :  phantasm

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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