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O, that I might forget all the dark shadows which haunt about these graves!

The whole story caused a holy anger of justice to haunt him.

In summer the hill was of course the haunt of children gathering its bilberries.

They haunt me with a gentle refrain of the world-as-it-might-be.

Who could say that the spirits of the dead did not haunt the scenes of their lives and deaths?

Fashion was at rest, but even here, and in its own mocking guise, misery had its haunt.

But the voice continued to haunt him persistently, besiegingly, despotically.

There were not many men whom he could even propose to haunt.

Indeed, it was the best possible place for the haunt of wild people.

I would say, addressing that dead man, 'Is this the way you are going to haunt me?'

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "to practice habitually, busy oneself with, take part in," from Old French hanter "to frequent, resort to, be familiar with" (12c.), probably from Old Norse heimta "bring home," from Proto-Germanic *haimat-janan, from *haimaz- (see home). Meaning "to frequent (a place)" is c.1300 in English. Use in reference to a spirit returning to the house where it had lived perhaps was in Proto-Germanic, but it was reinforced by Shakespeare's plays, and it is first recorded 1590 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Related: Haunted; haunting. Middle English hauntingly meant "frequently;" sense of "so as to haunt one's thoughts or memory" is from 1859.

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