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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A mental representation of some haunting experience; A ghostly appearing figure.

Usage examples (33)
  • A spectre is haunting The New York Times Company — the spectre of arithmetic.
  • Still, as his career continues, Dynamo finds that a certain spectre of the past keeps popping up …
  • At one stage some residents were recalling the spectre of the region's 2005 fires which killed nine people.
  • The fact the spectre is a dead man adds a bitter-sweet tone to the scene that just made the easy camaraderie seem even warmer. for more
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