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  • noun Plural form of spectre.

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Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • "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.

    Original Short Stories — Volume 02

  • "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.

    BY THE TURTLES OF TASMAN

  • 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

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