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haunting


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Haunt  \Haunt\  (?;  277),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Haunted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Haunting}.]  [F.  hanter;  of  uncertain  origin,  perh. 
  from  an  assumed  LL  ambitare  to  go  about  fr  L.  ambire  (see 
  {Ambition});  or  cf  Icel.  heimta  to  demand,  regain,  akin  to 
  heim  home  (see  {Home}).  [root]36.] 
  1.  To  frequent;  to  resort  to  frequently;  to  visit 
  pertinaciously  or  intrusively;  to  intrude  upon 
 
  You  wrong  me  sir,  thus  still  to  haunt  my  house. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Those  cares  that  haunt  the  court  and  town.  --Swift. 
 
  2.  To  inhabit  or  frequent  as  a  specter;  to  visit  as  a  ghost 
  or  apparition. 
 
  Foul  spirits  haunt  my  resting  place  --Fairfax. 
 
  3.  To  practice;  to  devote  one's  self  to  [Obs.] 
 
  That  other  merchandise  that  men  haunt  with  fraud  .  . 
  .  is  cursed.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Leave  honest  pleasure,  and  haunt  no  good  pastime. 
  --Ascham. 
 
  4.  To  accustom;  to  habituate.  [Obs.] 
 
  Haunt  thyself  to  pity.  --Wyclif. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  haunting 
  adj  1:  continually  recurring  to  the  mind;  "haunting  memories";  "the 
  cathedral  organ  and  the  distant  voices  have  a  haunting 
  beauty"-  Claudia  Cassidy  [syn:  {persistent}] 
  2:  having  a  deeply  disquieting  or  disturbing  effect;  "from  two 
  handsome  and  talented  young  men  to  two  haunting  horrors  of 
  disintegration"-Charles  Lee 




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