Specter vs. Spectre - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Specter (noun)

    A ghostly apparition, a phantom.

    "A specter haunted the cemetery at the old Vasquez manor."

  • Specter (noun)

    A threatening mental image.

  • Spectre (noun)

    standard spelling of specter|from=British spelling

    "The spectre is a ghost of a decapitated young man."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Spectre (noun)

    a ghost

    "a dread of spectres and witches affected every aspect of daily life"

  • Spectre (noun)

    something widely feared as a possible unpleasant or dangerous occurrence

    "the spectre of nuclear holocaust"

Webster Dictionary

  • Specter (noun)

    Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost; a phantom.

  • Specter (noun)

    The tarsius.

  • Spectre (noun)

    See Specter.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Specter (noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience;

    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"

    "it aroused specters from his past"

  • Specter (noun)

    a ghostly appearing figure;

    "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"

  • Spectre (noun)

    a ghostly appearing figure;

    "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"

  • Spectre (noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience;

    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"

    "it aroused specters from his past"

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