Gespenst

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German gespenst, gespenste, from Old High German gispensti (temptation, (devilish) illusion), from spanan (to lure, to attract).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈʃpɛnst/
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Noun[edit]

Gespenst n (genitive Gespenstes or Gespensts, plural Gespenster)

  1. ghost, spectre
    • 1847, Karl Marx et al., Das Kommunistische Manifest:
      Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa – das Gespenst des Kommunismus.
      A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of Communism.

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