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[spek-ter] /ˈspɛk tər/
noun, Chiefly British
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  • We will walk without the spectre of hypocrisy to haunt our footfalls.
  • Unemployment is at the highest level in six years and the spectre of deflation has re-emerged.
  • The spectre of jobless growth haunts a government that has promised to cut unemployment.
  • However all this sure raises a spectre of a quicksand or a financial quagmire.
  • Set against the spectre of war is the reality of peace.
  • Tying an individual teacher's pay to his pupils' test scores raises the spectre of teaching to the test.
  • Some parents are already outraged by the imagined spectre of tracking.
  • The spectre of state failure is haunting hitherto calm locations too.
  • However, the spectre of deflation has still to be banished.
  • His appearance there could raise the spectre of north-south divisions and the continuation of violence.
British Dictionary definitions for spectre


a ghost; phantom; apparition
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 spectre

chiefly British English spelling of specter (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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