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Mysterious PresencePlay
Use 'spectre' to describe an eerie, mysterious presence that may cause fear or discomfort. SlideThe spectre lurking in the shadows made her shiver.
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Literary DevicePlay
'Spectre' is often used in literature to create an unsettling atmosphere or to symbolize hidden fears. SlideThe novel's hero was haunted by the spectre of his former enemy.
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Not Always LiteralPlay
While 'spectre' can mean a ghost, it doesn't always refer to an actual spirit. It may just symbolize something spooky. SlideEveryone avoided the house, fearing the spectre said to haunt it.