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From French spectre, from Latin spectrum (appearance, apparition). Doublet of spectrum.

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specter (plural specters) (American spelling)

  1. A ghostly apparition, a phantom.
    A specter haunted the cemetery at the old Vasquez manor.
  2. (figuratively) A threatening mental image.
    • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
      A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.

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specter

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of spectō