Meaning of “specter” in the English Dictionary

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"specter" in British English

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specternoun

/ˈspek.tər/ /ˈspek.tɚ/

US spelling of spectre

(Definition of “specter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"specter" in American English

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specternoun [ C ]

also spectre us /ˈspek·tər/

something that causes fear or worry:

The specter of inflation concerns many voters.
The familiar specter of adversity continues to accompany him.

A specter is also a ghost (= the spirit of a dead person that can be seen).

(Definition of “specter” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)