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specter
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Definition a mental image of something frightening or disturbing

or:

a ghostly appearing image
  • It aroused specters from her past.
specters = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing
  • A country where drought brings with it the specter of famine.
  • specter = a mental image of something frightening or disturbing
  • Again the spectre raised a cry, and shook its chain and wrung its shadowy hands.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • "Spectre," said Scrooge, "something informs me that our parting moment is at hand."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • "Ghost of the Future!" he exclaimed, "I fear you more than any spectre I have seen."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • He thought of it, felt how easy it would be to do, and longed to do it; but had no more power to withdraw the veil than to dismiss the spectre at his side.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • The spectre, after listening for a moment, joined in the mournful dirge; and floated out upon the bleak, dark night.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • When it had said these words, the spectre took its wrapper from the table, and bound it round its head, as before.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • Scrooge was very much dismayed to hear the spectre going on at this rate, and began to quake exceedingly.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • "At this time of the rolling year," the spectre said, "I suffer most."
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • There was something very awful, too, in the spectre's being provided with an infernal atmosphere of its own.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • The apparition walked backward from him; and at every step it took, the window raised itself a little, so that when the spectre reached it, it was wide open.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • The truth is, that he tried to be smart, as a means of distracting his own attention, and keeping down his terror; for the spectre's voice disturbed the very marrow in his bones.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • But finding that he turned uncomfortably cold when he began to wonder which of his curtains this new spectre would draw back, he put them every one aside with his own hands; and lying down again, established a sharp look-out all round the bed.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • spectre = ghost
  • His face was haggard and pale, like he'd seen a specter.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • But this oath is probably a mice-and-man matter, for here the specter of one of this breed was over me.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He must have known, writing the will, facing the specter, how the bouncing would stop.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • Aphrodite was curled up on the chair, cowering from the specters.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • That invading energy scared him more than the prospect of being embraced by the fiery arms of this shambling specter.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Her hair had since turned entirely white and she had so "fallen away" as to be "but a spectre" of what she once was.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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