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specter -- as in: specter of national poverty
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • Of all men alive, this was one of the last he would have wished to meet at any time; but, now that he recognised in him only the patron and protector of Nicholas, he would rather have seen a spectre.

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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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