Definition of haunted in English:



  • 1(of a place) frequented by a ghost.

    ‘a reputedly haunted room in the castle’
    • ‘He chose York: the ‘city of a thousand ghosts’ and, by all accounts, one of the most haunted places in Europe.’
    • ‘The site has loads of ghost stories (all said to be true), haunted places that you can visit and ghostly photos.’
    • ‘A photograph with an orb is usually one that is taken in an allegedly haunted place.’
    • ‘Its members offered displays of ‘spirit photography’ and video diaries of vigils in haunted rooms.’
    • ‘No longer is it the lonely haunted place with alleys and dark doorways ready to hide the criminal and the sleuth.’
    • ‘The Haunted Mansion looked exactly like its name - a haunted place that had seen much death and destruction.’
    • ‘Let's meet our panel as we get into our discussion of the paranormal and the possibility of ghosts and haunted houses.’
    • ‘His long search had brought him to this haunted city - where ghosts of the past were still not dormant.’
    • ‘This journey to the dark side of Alton will include dinner at one of our local restaurants and a full - length ghost tour of haunted sites!’
    • ‘The idea invites daredevils to raise sponsorship and spend half an hour on their own in the castle's most haunted room.’
    • ‘This is the fiction of dark haunted landscapes (in this case a black spruce bog) and twisted unfulfilled love.’
    • ‘Perhaps it had been a servants' entrance in sunnier times, but no one could remember when Badenoch had ever been anything but a terrible, haunted place.’
    • ‘Being an avid ‘ghost’ fanatic, getting the chance to check out one of the most haunted places in the Nation was quite a special treat.’
    • ‘It was just a run-down house that should be closed off, not some haunted looking mansion where normally nobody would step foot in.’
    • ‘As the eldest and smartest student, she bravely stayed in the haunted room in the dormitory and successfully exorcised the evil spirit.’
    • ‘Among the items the young people will observe when they go along to the convent hall will be a haunted graveyard, wax museum, a freaky wedding and Frankenstein's lab.’
    • ‘When they entered the sacred, haunted place, Takeshi walked at a slower pace, showing respect for those who were buried there.’
    • ‘Glamis was reputed to be the most haunted place in Britain, and Elizabeth has heard strange noises ever since she was a child.’
    • ‘In the freezing depth of the Polish winter, the town of Oswiecim is a haunted place: colourless, dirty, and economically destitute.’
    • ‘Are you brave enough to spend Halloween night in one of the most haunted places in downstate Illinois?’
    possessed, cursed, jinxed
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    1. 1.1 Showing signs of mental anguish or torment.
      ‘the hollow cheeks, the haunted eyes’
      • ‘She and Jonathan share a sexless love that's disturbed when Clare decides she wants sweet, haunted Bobby to be the father of her child.’
      • ‘I already knew what he would ask next, so when he shut his eyes briefly, and asked, I knew exactly what to sign back to his haunted gaze.’
      • ‘He had a haunted look in his eyes like that of a mental hospital escapee.’
      • ‘She was losing weight as well, her face taking on a thin, haunted look.’
      • ‘Save for a few healing scrapes and bruising, only the haunted look in his green eyes shows signs of his ordeal.’
      tormented, anguished, troubled, plagued, bedevilled, beleaguered, oppressed, obsessed, tortured, preoccupied, worried, disturbed
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