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specter -- as in: specter of national poverty
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A Tale of Two Cities
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  • A hundred times the dozing passenger inquired of this spectre: "Buried how long?"
  • All covered with dust, white as a spectre, tall as a spectre!
  • All covered with dust, white as a spectre, tall as a spectre!
  • Perhaps, to observe whether he had any spectre on his conscience.
  • I make response, ’Tall as a spectre.’
  • The sweet scents of the summer night rose all around him, and rose, as the rain falls, impartially, on the dusty, ragged, and toil-worn group at the fountain not far away; to whom the mender of roads, with the aid of the blue cap without which he was nothing, still enlarged upon his man like a spectre, as long as they could bear it.

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  • From where I sit on the field, he’s a bizarre specter, so frail and ashen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It was my father, standing on my doorstep like some awful specter summoned by my hatefulness.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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