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  • n. Plural form of spectre.


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  • In magic lantern shows of the 1790s, the uncanny is realised: "dark rooms, where spectres from the dead they rise" (Castle 141).

    Reading Machines

  • Montale's great poetry, in actual fact, is born out of the search for those presences that reveal and liberate the hidden world, such as spectres and amulets.

    Eugenio Montale - Biography

  • Not that they had much doubt as to the maiden's being a born witch -- the serpent-mark seemed to most of them a conclusive proof of that -- but what if one of those "spectres," the "yellow bird" or the uncontrollable "black mare" should be near and listening to what they were even then saying?

    Dulcibel A Tale of Old Salem

  • Many of the prisoners indeed were accused of murdering children and others, whose illness had been beyond the physician's power to cure; but the murders were all committed, it was alleged, by the use of "spectres," "familiars," "puppets," and other supernatural means.

    Dulcibel A Tale of Old Salem

  • "She put on an injured expression; and said she could never believe anything wrong of her dear husband's family, if all the 'spectres' in the world told her so."

    Dulcibel A Tale of Old Salem

  • "The snow seemed as if it were going to bury us alive; it powdered our kepis and cloaks without melting, and made phantoms of us, a kind of spectres of dead, weary soldiers.

    Complete Original Short Stories of Guy De Maupassant

  • From the wall above her, the stiff portraits of Isaac and Eliza Travers looked down like reproachful spectres.


  • Naturally, this comes about with the spectres of 'gangsters, sexual predators and terrorists.'

    Boing Boing

  • In one of its most extreme examples you can see that in the Mandingo trope, the way black men have been rendered abject, subject to a very specific form of discrimination which treats them as symbols, spectres loaded with all the brutality of "base passion" considered expunged by civilisation.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • There are the spectres of the delegates who commandeered the hotel in July 1944 to hammer out the deal that created the IMF and World Bank in the most successful international economic conference ever.

    We have forgotten the economic lessons our forebears taught us | Will Hutton


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