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harrowing

[har-oh-ing] /ˈhær oʊ ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous:
a harrowing experience.
Origin of harrowing
1800-1810
1800-10; harrow1 + -ing2
Related forms
harrowingly, adverb
Synonyms
painful, agonizing, tormenting, heartbreaking.
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harrowing

adj.

"extremely distressing, painful," 1799 (implied in harrowingly), from present participle of harrow (v.).

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