From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
“A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism ” --Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
"I fixed my eyes boldly on the spectre: "What dost thou mean, presumptuous, by appearing before me under so hideous a form?"--The Devil in Love (1772) by Jacques Cazotte
A spectre or specter is a ghostly apparition. It is derived from the Latin spectrum and has been attested in the English language since the early 17th century. By the 19th century, the term was used outside the domain of paranormal phenomena. In 1848 for example, Marx and Engels stated “A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Communism.” In 1993 Jacques Derrida referred to the term again when he wrote Spectres of Marx.
Spectre may also refer to:
Religion and spirituality
- Brocken spectre, the magnified shadow of an observer cast upon clouds opposite of the Sun's direction