- Rhymes: -ɛktə(ɹ)
spectre (plural spectres)
- British standard spelling of specter.
- The spectre is a ghost of a decapitated young man.
- 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
- A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
- 1849, Charlotte Brontë, Shirley
- To this extenuated spectre, perhaps, a crumb is not thrown once a year, but when ahungered and athirst to famine—when all humanity has forgotten the dying tenant of a decaying house—Divine Mercy remembers the mourner […]
spectre m (plural spectres)
- ghost, specter
- Dans la nuit, il vit un spectre apparaître.
- Le spectre de la lumière blanche est un spectre continu.
- “spectre” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).