haunt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v haunt haunt like a ghost; pursue "Fear of illness haunts her"
    • v haunt be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place "She haunts the ballet"
    • v haunt follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to "her ex-boyfriend stalked her","the ghost of her mother haunted her"
    • n haunt a frequently visited place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The stage were the television sitcom "Friends" is shot on is said to be haunted
    • Haunt A place to which one frequently resorts; as, drinking saloons are the haunts of tipplers; a den is the haunt of wild beasts.
    • Haunt Practice; skill. "Of clothmaking she hadde such an haunt ."
    • Haunt The habit of resorting to a place. "The haunt you have got about the courts."
    • Haunt To accustom; to habituate. "Haunt thyself to pity."
    • Haunt To frequent; to resort to frequently; to visit pertinaciously or intrusively; to intrude upon. "You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.""Those cares that haunt the court and town."
    • Haunt To inhabit or frequent as a specter; to visit as a ghost or apparition; -- said of spirits or ghosts, especially of dead people; as, the murdered man haunts the house where he died. "Foul spirits haunt my resting place."
    • v. i Haunt To persist in staying or visiting. "I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors."
    • Haunt To practice; to devote one's self to. "That other merchandise that men haunt with fraud . . . is cursed.""Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original purpose of a coffin was not to protect the body from prowling animals or grave robbers. It was invented to keep the dearly departed from coming back to haunt survivors.
    • haunt To frequent or visit; resort to much or often, or be much about; visit customarily.
    • haunt To come or recur to persistently, so as not to be prevented or driven away; attend or accompany so constantly as to be annoying or offensive; intrude upon continually.
    • haunt Specifically, to reappear frequently to after death; visit habitually in a disembodied state, as a supposed spirit, ghost, or specter.
    • haunt To devote one's self to; practise; pursue; use.
    • haunt To be much about; be present often or persistently; go or visit often; resort.
    • haunt To reappear, as a disembodied spirit.
    • n haunt A place of frequent resort or visitation; a place in which any being, or, figuratively, some quality or characteristic, is commonly manifested or seen.
    • n haunt A limited region assigned to or owned by one for his habitation or the practice of his profession; a district.
    • n haunt The act, habit, or custom of resorting to a place.
    • n haunt Custom; practice; skill.
    • n haunt A disembodied spirit supposed to haunt a certain place; a ghost.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original purpose of the coffin was to prevent the dearly departed from coming back and haunting the survivors.
    • v.t Haunt hawnt to frequent: to follow importunately: to intrude upon continually: to inhabit or visit as a ghost
    • v.i Haunt to be much about: to appear or visit frequently
    • n Haunt a place much resorted to:
    • n Haunt (Shak.) habit of frequenting
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Quotations

  • Karl Marx
    Karl%20Marx
    “A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of communism.”
  • Robert Browning
    Robert%20Browning
    “Inscribe all human effort with one word, artistry's haunting curse, the Incomplete!”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; the thief doth fear each bush an officer.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    Joseph%20Conrad
    “There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hanter,; of uncertain origin, perh. from an assumed LL. ambitare, to go about, fr. L. ambire,see Ambition); or cf. Icel. heimta, to demand, regain, akin to heim, home (see Home). √36

Usage

In literature:

Soon a hateful, sinister face haunts them.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
This and her fragility haunted him.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The cognomen, "Haunted Island," might not seem wholly inappropriate to a superstitious mind.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
It was horrible to go down alone in the darkness, it was more horrible to remain in that haunted room.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
His musky odour is then strongest, and quite perceptible in the neighbourhood of his haunt.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
It yielded little more than a point of attraction for the prowling, unseen creatures haunting the wild.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
We haven't got a haunted house, but a haunted place!
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
And there's a strange woman, a windigo, who haunts the rapids and drags you down and eats you.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It was haunted by well-beloved ghosts.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
You know the 'Haunted Chapel?
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
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In poetry:

There I'd keep you, in the lowly
Beauty-haunts of bird and poet,
Sailing in a wing, the holy
Silences of lakes below it.
"To An Old Quill Of Lord Dunsany's" by Francis Ledwidge
Oh I have done a wicked thing!
It haunts me night and day,
And I have sought this lonely place
Here undisturb'd to pray.
"The Sailor, Who Had Served In The Slave Trade." by Robert Southey
She only came when on the cliffs
The evening moonlight lay,
And no man knew the secret haunts
In which she walked by day.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
Soem said to hill, and some to glen,
Their wondrous course had been;
But ne'er in haunts of living men
Again was Thomas seen.
"Thomas the Rhymer" by Sir Walter Scott
O poet, come you haunting here
Where streets have stolen up all around,
And never a nightingale pours one
Full-throated sound?
"At A House In Hampstead Sometime The Dwelling Of John Keats" by Thomas Hardy
I would not ask you, friends, to brook
An old, old truth from me,
If I could shut a Poet’s book
Which haunts me like the Sea!
"Dungog" by Henry Kendall

In news:

The parking lot attendant was my first clue that this was no ordinary haunted house.
Author's tales of local hauntings adds to folklore of the region.
Anyone who hangs out in haunted houses will tell you that shadows are a monster's best friend.
Essex haunted house employees fall ill from spilled formaldehyde .
Ariel Pink and the Haunted Graffiti let loose.
Hilarious Photos of People Freaking Out at a Haunted House.
Mencken is his definition of puritanism – "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.".
Friday was a frightfully fun night for folks on the Haunted History Tour at Old Cahawba.
Frighteningly fun Halloween apps for spooky movies, costume ideas, hauntings and more.
Haunted-house thriller offers the boy wizard a sexy costume change, but Harry Potter has no spell to save this horror flick.
Haunted house celebrates 10 frightful years.
Earrywood Haunted House features 12 spooky rooms and dozens of monsters, ready to pounce.
Brady Earwood will be celebrating his birthday with hundreds of people at the 10th annual Haunted House.
With the weather turning colder and the leaves changing color, people often start thinking about Halloween and looking for "haunted" venues to visit.
Halloween isn't just about candy and haunted houses—it's about creating lifelong memories with your kids.
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In science:

First, it is an old and haunting idea that the infinite tower of massive string states form some kind of infinite tower of generalized massive gauge bosons for some underlying symmetry which has been spontaneously broken.
String duality, automorphic forms, and generalized Kac-Moody algebras
Bohmian mechanics engenders an inner tension that has haunted the sub ject since its inception.
Book Review: Bohmian Mechanics and Quantum Theory: An Appraisal
Richard Baum describes this incident in his book The Haunted Observatory (70), but the essence is as follows.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
Baum R., The Haunted Observatory: Curiosities from the Astronomer's Cabinet, publ. Prometheus Book (2007).
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
Coleman C, Moynihan J (1996) Understanding crime data: haunted by the dark figure.
Inference of the Russian drug community from one of the largest social networks in the Russian Federation
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