Definition of “spectre” - English Dictionary

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“spectre” in British English

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UK US specter uk /ˈspek.tər/ us /ˈspek.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

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