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- Rhymes: -ɛktə(ɹ)
spectre (plural spectres)
- Britain standard spelling of .
- The spectre is a ghost of a decapitated young man.
- 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
- A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
- 1849, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], Shirley. A Tale. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Smith, Elder and Co., […], OCLC 84390265:
- To this extenuated spectre, perhaps, a crumb is not thrown once a year, but when ahungered and athirst to famine—when all humanity has forgotten the dying tenant of a decaying house—Divine Mercy remembers the mourner […]
spectre m (plural spectres)
- ghost, specter
- Dans la nuit, il vit un spectre apparaître. ― In the night, he saw a specter appear.
- Le spectre de la lumière blanche est un spectre continu. ― The spectrum of white light is a continuous spectrum.
- “spectre”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
spectre n pl
- plural of