Definition of 'spectre'
Example sentences containing 'spectre'
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It keeps the spectre of death at bay. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The dark spectre of relegation moves closer by the day. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The spectre of legal action hangs over the end of the affair. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Civil war was the spectre they feared most. ELIZABETH AND MARY: Cousins, Rivals, Queens (2003)Now the striker is determined to help remove the spectre of relegation hanging over his club. The Sun (2008)Europe also faces the spectre of deflation and this week its central bank meets to decide how to stave it off. Times, Sunday Times (2014)What about the spectre of deflation? Times, Sunday Times (2014)The performance against Italy raised the spectre of a repeat. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In the image, this spectre can be seen. The Sun (2015)But if the new fee changes bed down satisfactorily, that spectre may be seen off. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The spectre of deflation returns to Japan timesonline. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The spectre of relegation in April has this effect on the most experienced of old pros. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The sell-off was caused by lacklustre global growth and the spectre of deflation. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Other times it will lurch lower, raising the spectre of deflation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)For bond owners, a slowdown in the world economy raises the spectre that borrowers will fail to repay their debts. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So, too, does the unremitting spectre of war. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Something has to change, surely, if the spectre of relegation is not to appear again. Times, Sunday Times (2014)For Kent, there is the spectre of relegation. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Aside from Brexit, one of the main topics at the meeting was the spectre of currency wars. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The destruction raised the spectre of a return to the civil war which ravaged the north African country in the 1990s. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The move raised the spectre of Russia as a bully, a country ready to make its neighbours freeze if they defied its wishes. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Labour will today vow not to raise VAT in an attempt to raise the spectre of a further increase under the Tories. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It also raises the spectre of the American taxman taking retrospective action against scores of US companies that have moved offshore in recent years. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'spectre'
British English: spectre NOUN
If you refer to the spectre of something unpleasant, you are referring to something that you are frightened might occur.
Failure to reach agreement raises the spectre of legal action.
Definition of spectre from the Collins English Dictionary
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