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haunt·ing

 (hôn′tĭng, hŏn′-)
adj.
Continually recurring to the mind; unforgettable: a haunting melody.

haunt′ing·ly adv.
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haunting

(ˈhɔːntɪŋ)
adj
1. (of memories) poignant or persistent
2. poignantly sentimental; enchantingly or eerily evocative
ˈhauntingly adv
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.haunting - continually recurring to the mind; "haunting memories"; "the cathedral organ and the distant voices have a haunting beauty"- Claudia Cassidy
unforgettable - impossible to forget
2.haunting - having a deeply disquieting or disturbing effect; "from two handsome and talented young men to two haunting horrors of disintegration"-Charles Lee
moving - arousing or capable of arousing deep emotion; "she laid her case of destitution before him in a very moving letter"- N. Hawthorne
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haunting

adjective evocative, poignant, unforgettable, indelible the haunting calls of wild birds
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Translations

haunting

[ˈhɔːntɪŋ] ADJ [sight, music] → evocador; [melody] → inolvidable
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haunting

[ˈhɔːntɪŋ] adj [sound, image, words] → obsédant(e)
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haunting

adj doubtquälend, nagend; tune, visions, poetry, cry, eyeseindringlich; memorylastend; musicschwermütig; these haunting final chordsdiese Schlussakkorde, die einen nicht loslassen
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haunting

[ˈhɔːntɪŋ] adj (sight, music) → che non si riesce a togliere dalla mente, ossessionante
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References in classic literature ?
A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of Communism.
If you knew what my thoughts are; if you knew how hard I have fought against them, and how horribly they have gone on haunting me in the lonely quiet of this house, you would pity and forgive me.
She will suffer anything, risk anything, believe anything, to be freed from that one haunting doubt.
I had as yet failed to catch any sight of Rosalind; so I sat alone, and so far as I had any thoughts or feelings, beyond a consciousness of heavenly harmony with my surroundings, they were for that haunting unknown face with the violet eyes and the heavy chestnut hair.
"These squires," returned Dona Rodriguez, "are always our enemies; and as they are the haunting spirits of the antechambers and watch us at every step, whenever they are not saying their prayers (and that's often enough) they spend their time in tattling about us, digging up our bones and burying our good name.
He had forgotten all the agonies and the ecstasies he had lived through with that picture when for several months it had been the one thought haunting him day and night.
I go to London and see the busy multitudes in Fleet Street and the Strand, and it comes across my mind that they are but the ghosts of the past, haunting the streets that I have seen silent and wretched, going to and fro, phan- tasms in a dead city, the mockery of life in a galvanised body.
The teaching of the Semitic religions, "Do good to others that you may benefit at their hands," does not occur in their pages, nor any hints of sensuous delights hereafter.* In all the great Buddhist poems, of which the Shu Hsing Tsan Ching is the best example, there is the same deep sadness, the haunting sorrow of doom.
It came back vividly to my mind a few days ago, and has remained haunting me like an annoying tune that one cannot get rid of.
Behind it, sheltering its garden from the too keen breath of sea winds, was a cloudy fir wood, in which the winds might make all kinds of weird and haunting music.
The haunting ghosts of the mental anguish that had left him an altered man--so altered that there were times when he had feared for his sanity!
Only on one point were they agreed; and that was the haunting sense of unexpressed deformity with which the fugitive impressed his beholders.