What does the word specter mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Spokeshave (AKA Old Fogy)
  2. To me, the specter seems to be receding. – The Captain of the Kansas by 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 by Hallie Erminie Rives