specter
1. [ noun ] a mental representation of some haunting experience
Synonyms: ghost wraith spook spectre shade
Examples:

"he looked like he had seen a ghost" "it aroused specters from his past"

Related terms: apparition spook
2. [ noun ] (folklore) a ghostly appearing figure
Synonyms: phantom apparition phantasm phantasma spectre
Examples:

"we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"

Related terms: spirit Flying_Dutchman
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