Part of speech: noun

A ghost; apparition.

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Usage examples "specter":

  1. " A little knowledge is a dang'rous thing" And doth unfit the plodding mass for toil, Which is their proper sphere; hence ev'ry thought Hard thrust within their skulls doth discontent Engender, and thus far stability Doth threathen for the ruling class, and so As in our " Sunny South" the specter grins Prophetic of grave danger to the State. - "'A Comedy of Errors' in Seven Acts", Spokeshave (AKA Old Fogy).
  2. To me, the specter seems to be receding. - "The Captain of the Kansas", Louis Tracy.
  3. What had been but blurred under- exposures on the retina of his brain became all at once elfin pictures, weird and specter- like as the dissolving views of a camera obscura. - "The Valiants of Virginia", Hallie Erminie Rives.