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haunting

[hawn-ting, hahn-] /ˈhɔn tɪŋ, ˈhɑn-/
adjective
1.
remaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten:
haunting music; haunting memories.
noun
2.
the act of a person or thing that haunts; visitation.
Origin of haunting
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; see haunt, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
hauntingly, adverb
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  • Humming in his ears was the refrain of a song which was both familiar and hauntingly pleasant.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • Her look of meek despair was hauntingly sad with Anthony on his way home.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • There is something wildly, hauntingly interesting in them; one loves and pities her at the first glance.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
  • One could not have named the sweetness that hovered in it—hauntingly.

    Unfinished Portraits Jennette Lee
  • She was hauntingly sure that in like circumstances she would be weak enough to take her trouble toa man like Gordon, for instance.

  • I yearned for the splendour that was gone, yet still seemed so hauntingly almost within reach.

    Incredible Adventures Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for hauntingly

haunting

/ˈhɔːntɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of memories) poignant or persistent
2.
poignantly sentimental; enchantingly or eerily evocative
Derived Forms
hauntingly, adverb
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