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adjective     /ˈhɔːn.tɪŋ/ US  /ˈhɑːn.t̬ɪŋ/
beautiful, but in a sad way and often in a way that cannot be forgotten: a haunting melody the haunting beauty of AfricaMemory and memoriesAttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant
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