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spectre

noun 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 .Predicting things and intuition [C] literary a ghostSouls, spirits and ghosts
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