Definition of haunting in English:

haunting

adjective

  • Poignant; evocative.

    ‘the sweet haunting sound of pan pipes’
    • ‘The ending offers a particularly haunting and poignant gesture - the reunion of a family torn apart on a purely phantasmic, spiritual cinematic plane.’
    • ‘The kind of haunting beauty, which evokes long forgotten, hidden memories and fills you with a joy undefined and yet, leaves you unsatisfied.’
    • ‘Jonathan Jones pays tribute to a stirring, haunting modern masterpiece put together from decaying old film footage’
    • ‘The haunting atmosphere of the old wartime camp at Spring Hill near Broadway has inspired a dark tale of murder and mystery.’
    • ‘The Fifth Symphony is one of a series of works of a beauty of which evokes the haunting adagios of Mahler.’
    • ‘The story of sacrifice, of both men and beast, when combined with the desolate scenery creates a haunting atmosphere.’
    • ‘The sounds of Icelandic volcanoes provide a haunting backdrop to the scene.’
    • ‘Even after giving due recognition to lyricists and music directors, who can forget the haunting baritone that evokes such nostalgia in our minds, asks Johnson.’
    • ‘From afar, there lies great beauty, but closer, beauty is made out of haunting dreams and realities.’
    • ‘This is a night of wondrous things; crashing guitars and beautiful sounds and haunting voices and clever, true and haunting words.’
    • ‘‘This was about 16 years ago, but I still remember its haunting beauty,’ he says.’
    • ‘The beauty of the graphics and the haunting music score cemented Homeworld as one of my all-time favourite games.’
    • ‘He later held a questionnaire in the Old Pit Head Baths and Seamus says you could hear the haunting sounds of another time echoing back to him.’
    • ‘This haunting song was a brilliant musical evocation of the social devastation of the Thatcher years.’
    • ‘The fast footwork, rhythmic clapping and haunting singing radiate an atmosphere of passion and raw emotion.’
    • ‘The haunting melody drifted up towards them, sounding eerily like to an owl hooting at nighttime.’
    • ‘In the distance a horn blew a haunting melody of darkness.’
    • ‘I slept fitfully, awakened from time to time by my fears alone, at others by the haunting war cries or the percussive sound of an explosion in the distance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The mysterious beauty of hundreds of handmade candle lanterns and the haunting figures of stiltwalkers are glowingly reflected in the placid rippling water of Trout Lake.’
    evocative, affecting, moving, touching, emotive, expressive, powerful, stirring, atmospheric, soul-stirring
    poignant, nostalgic, wistful, plaintive
    memorable, unforgettable, indelible, never to be forgotten, not to be forgotten
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noun

  • [mass noun] The action of haunting a place.

    ‘the haunting of Calgarth Hall’
    • ‘With rumors of hauntings and ghosts, Kingdom Hospital has a ghastly standing in the community.’
    • ‘There are all manner of murders, plots, illicit affairs and dirty doings associated with the building, any of which could be directly linked with its supposed hauntings.’
    • ‘The History room was especially atmospheric and of course all that teenaged angst resulted in many rumours of hauntings and other mysterious phenomena.’
    • ‘There are almost no reports of hauntings or malicious spirits these days.’
    • ‘Darkest midwinter, when the nights stretch out and the daylight hours are short, is a traditional time for sitting around a blazing fire and sharing a tale or two about ghosts and hauntings.’
    • ‘Simon, who will be dressed in authentic Victorian costume, will talk about heroes and villains, hauntings and murders, and phantoms and ghouls.’
    • ‘Every human catastrophe is also a mystery and mysteries create ghosts, hauntings, and ultimately new forms of terror.’’
    • ‘Simon has been conducting ‘Ghost Walks’ around Blackburn for the past two years, taking walkers on a journey through the hidden secrets of the town centre - from heroes to hauntings and mysteries to murders.’
    • ‘The Lutzs reported that, after they moved in, horrible and gruesome hauntings (house possessions by ghosts) occurred.’
    • ‘The pub boasts no tales of hauntings, but there is a bricked-up cellar space which once linked the Queen's Tap, the GWR hotel next door and the station itself.’
    • ‘There is considerable evidence that noises which are too low to hear through the ears can cause symptoms attributed to hauntings, such as palpitations and the rattling of windows and doors.’
    • ‘Our guides, in their long black cloaks, are trying to find a quiet corner of the Mile to tell dark tales of torture, witchcraft and hauntings, before heading for the cavernous vaults.’
    • ‘Kneale's thesis is that hauntings and ghosts are particularly intense phenomena that are literally recorded by matter, by the stone of the room.’
    • ‘He believes that since the repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1951, there has been an explosion of demonic possessions and hauntings in the UK, with vicars and priests being increasingly called upon to cast out the devil in the name of God.’
    • ‘The walk will recall the town's heroes and villains, history, hauntings and murders, ghosts and ghouls.’
    • ‘Two years laters, the supposed hauntings came to an end when Janet was spotted faking ‘evidence'. For some people, this was reason enough to dismiss the whole flap as a hoax.’
    • ‘Whether its their isolation, their oddity, or their relationship with shipwreck and disaster, there's barely a lighthouse in the world that hasn't got some creepy and curious history, some tale of hauntings or sea monsters.’
    • ‘The castellated house, which has been derelict since the 1920s, is widely known for its hauntings.’
    • ‘Not all presences or hauntings are necessarily evil, he says - they may simply be lost or desperate.’
    • ‘We are looking forward to using our extensive experience of investigating the paranormal to analyse the hauntings in an objective and scientific fashion.’

Pronunciation:

haunting

/ˈhɔːntɪŋ/