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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. [C] literary a ghost
Translations of “spectre”
in Spanish espectro, fantasma…
in French spectre…
in German das Gespenst…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幽靈, 鬼魂…
in Russian призрак…
in Turkish hayalet…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幽灵, 鬼魂…
in Polish upiór, widmo…
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