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harrowing

[har-oh-ing]
adjective
  1. extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous: a harrowing experience.
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Origin of harrowing

First recorded in 1800–10; harrow1 + -ing2
Related formshar·row·ing·ly, adverb

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harrowing

adj.

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

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