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specter

noun [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).
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