- 1A ghost: a dread of spectres and witches affected every aspect of daily lifeMore example sentences
- Only when memory is, like the narrator's in Kesey's novel, sufficiently dim, do the dead appear as specters and ghosts.
- He believes the spectre is the ghost of Pte Crowley, of the 11th North Devonshire Regiment.
- In curing speech of specters and ghosts, analytical philosophy claims to cleanse the mind of a dreamy fondness for every sort of idealism, vitalism, Platonism, and transcendentalism.
- 1.1Something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence: the spectre of nuclear holocaustMore example sentences
- Lately she's been thinking a lot about selling her home to break free from debt, because she fears the specter of foreclosure every day.
- Our world has changed; we must adjust our living habits as necessary to address the increased danger that the specter of terrorism brings.
- It also raises the specter of a dangerous shift toward protectionism.
early 17th century: from French spectre or Latin spectrum (see spectrum).