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 (hônt, hŏnt)
v. haunt·ed, haunt·ing, haunts
1. To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost or other supernatural being.
2. To visit often; frequent: haunted the movie theaters.
3. To come to the mind of continually; obsess: a riddle that haunted me all morning.
4. To be continually present in; pervade: the melancholy that haunts the composer's music.
To recur or visit often, especially as a ghost.
1. A place much frequented.
2. also hant or ha'nt (hănt) or haint (hānt) Chiefly Southern US A ghost or other supernatural being.

[Middle English haunten, to frequent, from Old French hanter; see tkei- in Indo-European roots.]

haunt′er n.
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At different periods in his life, he would call this haunter of his dreams by different names; "but in the end," he declares in a note on the subject, "I had to do a PERSIAN the honour of identifying him with this creature of my fancy.
In pairing various "ghost" poems--for instance, "The Voice" and "The Haunter," "Beeny Cliff' and "The Phantom Horsewoman"--Steinberg moves through some complex, insightful analyses to the eventuality that death is constantly a third figure in any relationship (p.
John Davies, for instance, wrote of the disdain to which they were subjected by the likes of "Rufus the Courtier," who, in addition to his obsession with preserving the distinctions of class, is a notorious haunter of brothels.
THE IDEAL GOLDEN retriever can do just about anything todays American waterfowl HAUNTER wants his dog to do.
Dickensian digressions; the hunter, the haunter and the haunted.
In "Lamia" Keats offers a more extended exploration of this ambivalent enquiry into metamorphosis where the poem's narrator at one point is led to reverse the usual relationship between the imagined and the real: "Let the mad poets say whate'er they please/Of the sweets of Faeries, Peris, Goddesses,/There is not such a treat among them all,/ Haunter of cavern, lake, and waterfall,/As a real woman.
Similarly, as "The Rats in the Walls," "The Festival," "The Call of Cthulhu," and "The Haunter of the Dark" make evident, religious rituals in Lovecraft--usually affiliated with worship of the Old Ones--are depicted as the sadistic and barbaric practices of amoral, racially inferior beings whose humanity has been eroded almost beyond recognition.
e_SDLqI've always been a library haunter," says Rob Everett, the new director of the Springfield Public Library.
She sets out to find the Haunter, who knows how to pull things out of the living world, and finds out how to "skinjack," entering the bodies of the living.
Most Lovecraft scholars, argues Stefan Dziemianowicz, tend to believe that his properly "Poesque" stage ended in 1926 (Shultz--Joshi 1991:174) with the story, "Cool air", written in March that year, before many of his best known pieces, such as "The case of Charles Dexter Ward" (1927), "The Dunwich horror" (1928), "At the mountains of madness" (1931) or "The haunter in the dark" (1935).
They either back off, or are forced to step up to the plate and become a professional haunter.
The couple's four kids removed protective netting Sunday night, and under a crescent moon Monday morning the Reynoldses' dogs, Onyx and Haunter, munched on fallen fruit and shooed flocks of hungry bluebirds circling overhead, poised to plunder the purple gems.