Sunday, February 14, 2010

word of the day :: spectre


–noun Chiefly British
1. a visible incorporeal spirit, esp. one of a terrifying nature; ghost; phantom; apparition.
2. some object or source of terror or dread.

1595-1605; < L spectrum; see SPECTRUM
"It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, so being wholly neither."
 :: Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens ::
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