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noun [countable] spectre pronunciation in British English /ˈspektə(r)/ 
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singularspectre
pluralspectres
  1. 1
    the possibility of something unpleasant that might happen in the future

    The latest economic forecast again raises the spectre of increased inflation.

  2. 2
    literary a ghost
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