Etymology
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spectre (n.)

chiefly British English spelling of specter (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

updated on August 17, 2012

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Definitions of spectre from WordNet

spectre (n.)
a ghostly appearing figure;
Synonyms: apparition / phantom / phantasm / phantasma / fantasm / specter
spectre (n.)
a mental representation of some haunting experience;
Synonyms: ghost / shade / spook / wraith / specter
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.