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spectre

noun uk UK UK (US specter)   /ˈspek.tər/ us    /-tɚ/
the spectre of sth the idea of something unpleasant that might happen in the future: The awful spectre of civil war looms over the country. Drought and war have raised the spectre of food shortages for up to 24 million African people. [C] literary a ghost
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