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haunting

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːntɪŋ
 
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Definition of haunting in English:

adjective

Poignant; evocative: the sweet haunting sound of pan pipes
More example sentences
  • 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
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.

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