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specter

spec·ter

specter

pronunciation:
spek tr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a ghost or apparition, esp. one that causes dread or terror.
synonyms:
apparition, chimera, ghost, phantom, shade, spirit
similar words:
demon, figment, nonentity, phantasm, presence, spook, wraith
definition 2: a threat or possibility that haunts or instills fear.
the specter of poverty
synonyms:
menace, shadow
similar words:
bugaboo, demon, ghost, hobgoblin