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noun, Chiefly British.
a visible incorporeal spirit, especially one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition.
some object or source of terror or dread:
the specter of disease or famine.
a ghost; phantom; apparition
a mental image of something unpleasant or menacing: the spectre of redundancy


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