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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spectre mean? 

SPECTRE (noun)
  The noun SPECTRE has 2 senses:

1. a ghostly appearing figure
2. a mental representation of some haunting experience

  Familiarity information: SPECTRE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SPECTRE (noun)

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A ghostly appearing figure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


phantom; phantasma; phantasm; fantasm; apparition; spectre; specter

Context example:

we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us

Hypernyms ("spectre" is a kind of...):

disembodied spirit; spirit (any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "spectre"):

Flying Dutchman (the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day)

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A mental representation of some haunting experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


ghost; specter; wraith; spectre; spook; shade

Context examples:

he looked like he had seen a ghost / it aroused specters from his past

Hypernyms ("spectre" is a kind of...):

apparition; fantasm; phantasm; phantasma; phantom; shadow (something existing in perception only)

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