[ US /ˈspɛktɝ/ ]
  1. a mental representation of some haunting experience
    it aroused specters from his past
    he looked like he had seen a ghost
  2. a ghostly appearing figure
    we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us
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How To Use specter In A Sentence

  • Our world has changed; we must adjust our living habits as necessary to address the increased danger that the specter of terrorism brings.
  • Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who dropped out after failing to attract enough money or support.
  • Specter, who is in a tough primary race in the Rust Belt state of Pennsylvania, said Chinese subsidies and what he called dumping are "a form of international banditry. The Seattle Times
  • Marie has an active fantasy life, and the imaginings of the specter of her husband seem to be just the start of her mind's wandering.
  • Again, the specter of counterparty risk becomes an issue.
  • The specter of death lingers over the entire film, both figuratively with Tommy Lee Jones as a corporate "axeman" sent to close down the show after one last performance and literally, in the form of Virginia Madsen's angel in a white trenchcoat, a noirish avatar of death who Altman credits as the "Dangerous Woman" even though she's given an actual name in the film. Archive 2008-11-01
  • If people persist in baselessly tarring the mainstream American left with the specter of communism, then every reference to communism is going to be interpreted as yet another shot at the mainstream left. The Volokh Conspiracy » Victims of Communism Day
  • The arrival of warm weather raises the specter of disease and increased rat infestations caused by rotting garbage.
  • X is no respecter of Y
  • Arlen Specter switched parties to save one job: his, not yours," an announcer is heard saying at the close of the ad. Sestak slams Specter with new television ad
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