Definition of haunting in English:

haunting

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːntɪŋ
 
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adjective

  • Poignant; evocative: the sweet haunting sound of pan pipes
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    • The ending offers a particularly haunting and poignant gesture - the reunion of a family torn apart on a purely phantasmic, spiritual cinematic plane.
    • Dancers and pipers, resplendent in their magnificent uniforms and kilts, and the haunting sounds of bagpipes set a distinctive background for a memorable day out in the open.
    • ‘This was about 16 years ago, but I still remember its haunting beauty,’ he says.
    Synonyms
    evocative, affecting, moving, touching, emotive, expressive, powerful, stirring, atmospheric, soul-stirring; poignant, nostalgic, wistful, plaintive; memorable, unforgettable, indelible, not/never to be forgotten

noun

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  • The action of haunting a place: the haunting of Calgarth Hall
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    • The walk will recall the town's heroes and villains, history, hauntings and murders, ghosts and ghouls.
    • Not all presences or hauntings are necessarily evil, he says - they may simply be lost or desperate.
    • There are almost no reports of hauntings or malicious spirits these days.

Derivatives

hauntingly

adverb
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  • She does her best to get to grips with the complexities of Plath's character and is at times hauntingly melancholy, but she never really gets beneath the surface.
  • It is Astrid's painful secret, hauntingly described, that has all the power.
  • The poems are hauntingly beautiful; capturing what is classically Manhire at his best.

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