harrowing

[ har-oh-ing ]
/ ˈhær oʊ ɪŋ /
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adjective

extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous: a harrowing experience.

Nearby words

  1. harrison, william henry,
  2. harrisonburg,
  3. harrogate,
  4. harrovian,
  5. harrow,
  6. harrowingly,
  7. harrumph,
  8. harry,
  9. harry potter,
  10. harsh

Origin of harrowing

First recorded in 1800–10; harrow1 + -ing2

SYNONYMS FOR harrowing
Related formshar·row·ing·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for harrowingly

harrowing

adj.

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

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