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haunting

[hawn-ting, hahn-]
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:
1275–1325; Middle English; see haunt, -ing2, -ing1

hauntingly, adverb
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haunting (ˈhɔːntɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  (of memories) poignant or persistent
2.  poignantly sentimental; enchantingly or eerily evocative
 
'hauntingly
 
adv

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haunt
early 13c., from O.Fr. hanter "to frequent, resort to, be familiar with" (12c.), probably from O.N. heimta "bring home," from P.Gmc. *khaimat-janan, from *khaimaz- (see home). Use in ref. to a spirit returning to the house where it had lived perhaps was in P.Gmc., but it was
reinforced by Shakespeare's plays, and it is first recorded 1590 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The noun meaning "spirit that haunts a place, ghost" is first recorded 1843, originally in stereotypical U.S. black speech. Haunts (n.) "place or places one frequents" is early 14c., from the verb.
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