[syn: apparition, phantom, phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectre]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Specter \Spec"ter\, Spectre \Spec"tre\, n. [F. spectre, fr. L.
spectrum an appearance, image, specter, fr. specere to look.
See Spy, and cf. Spectrum.]
1. Something preternaturally visible; an apparition; a ghost;
The ghosts of traitors from the bridge descend,
With bold fanatic specters to rejoice. --Dryden.
(a) The tarsius.
(b) A stick insect.
Specter bat (Zool.), any phyllostome bat.
Specter candle (Zool.), a belemnite.
Specter shrimp (Zool.), a skeleton shrimp. See under
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he
looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from
his past" [syn: ghost, shade, spook, wraith,
2: a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the
apparition that confronted us" [syn: apparition, phantom,
phantasm, phantasma, fantasm, specter, spectre]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
56 Moby Thesaurus words for "specter":
Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf-man, apparition, appearance, atua,
bogey, bogeyman, bugaboo, bugbear, daemon, demon, eidolon,
evil spirits, fantasy, fee-faw-fum, figure, form, frightener,
genius, ghost, ghoul, hobgoblin, holy terror, horror, idolum,
image, incubus, intelligence, monster, nightmare, ogre, ogress,
phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, presence, revenant,
scarebabe, scarecrow, scarer, shade, shadow, shape, spirit,
succubus, supernatural being, terror, umbra, vampire, vision,
waking dream, werewolf, wildest dream, wraith