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spectre

[spek-ter] /ˈspɛk tər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
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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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spectre

n.

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

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