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specter

[spek-ter] /ˈspɛk tər/
noun
1.
a visible incorporeal spirit, especially one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition.
2.
some object or source of terror or dread:
the specter of disease or famine.
Origin of specter
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin spectrum; see spectrum
Synonyms
1. shade. See ghost.
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spectre

/ˈspɛktə/
noun
1.
a ghost; phantom; apparition
2.
a mental image of something unpleasant or menacing: the spectre of redundancy
Word Origin
C17: from Latin spectrum, from specere to look at
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Word Origin and History for specter
n.

c.1600, from French spectre "an image, figure, ghost" (16c.), from Latin spectrum "appearance, vision, apparition" (see spectrum).

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