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English noun: specter

1. specter (cognition) a mental representation of some haunting experience

SamplesHe looked like he had seen a ghost.
It aroused specters from his past.

Synonymsghost, shade, spectre, spook, wraith

Broader (hypernym)apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow

2. specter (person) a ghostly appearing figure

SamplesWe were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us.

Synonymsapparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, spectre

Broader (hypernym)disembodied spirit, spirit

Narrower (hyponym)Flying Dutchman

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