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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.
From duplicitous if not downright diabolical humans to demons of the fjords and deep seas and cryptids of the forest, Bjorn presents a lively cross-section of the haunter and the haunted found in Alaska's Inside Passage.
Old Nick's Pub continues its regular dark/experimental/strange music series on Monday with a performance from New Jersey-based Haunter and local noise-drone artist Don Haugen.
We also went on trips to the marsh to rescue lost Poliwags, while Haunter spooked us to get distracted (he was like Peeves in the Harry Potter games), or water Oddishes, to help them grow into Glooms and Vileplumes.
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.
The unity of the entire cycle is given by five essential elements (Joshi 1982: 32), these being: 1) the mythical and imaginary New England area mentioned above; 2) the common cosmic element; 3) the existence of some pseudomythological deities and beings (Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, the shoggoths, the Great Old Ones); 4) the usage of forbidden books containing information on these deities (Necronomicon [in The Nameless City, The Hound, The Dunwich Horror]; Book of Eibon / Liber Ivonis [in The Dreams in the Witch House, The Thing on the Doorstep, The Haunter of the Dark], Nameless Cults by Friedrich von Juntz--introduced by Robert E.
Along with other Dreamwalkers, who are all teenagers, David is thrown into a dangerous mission to save Eddie from the Haunting and a particularly powerful Haunter named Adam.
15) Moreover, neighborhoods outside the borders of the East End were also home to vital Jewish communities, including Soho, near the encounter of Woolf's street haunter with her "wild Jew," as well as Hendon, Golders Green, Hampstead, St Johns Wood, and the West End, West Kensington, Hackney, and Dalston.
The haunter and the haunted, the possessor and the possessed thus are not two independent entities as in traditional Gothic but the former exists both in and because of the latter.
The faceless haunter of the stone house moved slightly through the open attic door and down the closed stairs; with the strength of water behind glass, without shape and ready to pour through, it mixed with the moonlight at the locked glass door, mixing as blood with water, smoking, turning.
Lay-about, drunkard, wife-beater, haunter of mental hospitals, sitting on the broad long granite steps preparing himself to take his own ninth step: to make amends.
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.