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Definition of specter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    specter

     noun
    (spectre) noun
    NAmE//ˈspɛktər//
     
     
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  1. 1specter (of something) something unpleasant that people are afraid might happen in the future The country is haunted by the specter of civil war. These weeks of drought have once again raised the specter of widespread famine.
  2. 2(literary) a ghost Was he a specter returning to haunt her?