Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun spectre

2 senses of spectre

Sense 1
apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectre -- (a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us")
       => spirit, disembodied spirit -- (any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings)

Sense 2
ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre -- (a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past")
       => apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, shadow -- (something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight")

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