haunted

Something that's haunted seems to have ghosts. Visiting a scary haunted house is a great, if terrifying, way to spend Halloween night.

Ghosts, or spooky apparitions, are what makes a place haunted. You might truly believe your grandparents' house is haunted, or it might just seem that way because of the scary creaks and groans in the night, the cobwebs in dark corners, and the dim lighting. You can also describe a person as haunted when she's obsessed with or tormented by something: "I was haunted by the memory of my cat killing that poor mouse."

Definitions of haunted
1

adj inhabited by or as if by apparitions

“a haunted house”
Synonyms:
inhabited
having inhabitants; lived in

adj having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something

“became more and more haunted by the stupid riddle”
Synonyms:
obsessed, preoccupied, taken up
concerned
feeling or showing worry or solicitude

adj showing emotional affliction or disquiet

“her expression became progressively more haunted
Synonyms:
troubled
characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need

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