Definition of Spectre

1. Noun. A ghostly appearing figure. "We were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"

Exact synonyms: Apparition, Fantasm, Phantasm, Phantasma, Phantom, Specter
Generic synonyms: Disembodied Spirit, Spirit
Specialized synonyms: Flying Dutchman
Derivative terms: Phantasmal



2. Noun. A mental representation of some haunting experience. "It aroused specters from his past"
Exact synonyms: Ghost, Shade, Specter, Spook, Wraith
Generic synonyms: Apparition, Fantasm, Phantasm, Phantasma, Phantom, Shadow
Derivative terms: Ghost, Spook

Definition of Spectre

1. n. See Specter.

Definition of Spectre

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of specter) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spectre

1. specter [n -S] - See also: specter

Medical Definition of Spectre

1. 1. Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom. "The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend, With bold fanatic specters to rejoice." (Dryden) 2. The tarsius. A stick insect. Specter bat, a skeleton shrimp. See Skeleton. Origin: F. Spectre, fr. L. Spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. Specere to look. See Spy, and cf. Spectrum. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spectre

spectra
spectrahedra
spectrahedron
spectral
spectral color
spectral colour
spectral line
spectral lines
spectral sensitivity
spectral type
spectralism
spectralist
spectralists
spectrally
spectre (current term)
spectre at the feast
spectred
spectres
spectrin
spectro-
spectroastrometric
spectroastrometry
spectrochemical
spectrochemistry
spectrocolorimeter
spectroelectrochemical
spectroelectrochemistry
spectrofluorimeter
spectrofluorimetry

Literary usage of Spectre

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1. Songs of Three Centuries by John Greenleaf Whittier (1890)
"THE spectre HORSE. With rein of silk and curb of gold. ... That spectre-steed now slowly pales, The morning air blows fresh on him; The waves dance gladly ..."

2. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"High o'er my head with threatening hand The spectre shook his naked brand, — Yet did the worst remain: My dazzled eyes I upward cast, — Not opening hell ..."

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