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Synonyms and Antonyms of harrowing

  1. 1 hard to accept or bear especially emotionally <a harrowing portrayal of the ravages of war> Synonyms afflicting, agonizing, cruel, excruciating, galling, grievous, bitter, harsh, heartrending, hurtful, painful, tormenting, torturousRelated Words insufferable, insupportable, intolerable, unacceptable, unbearable, unendurable, unsupportable; appalling, awful, bad, dire, dreadful, ghastly, horrible, miserable, nasty, rotten, severe, terrible, vile, wretched; acute, extreme, intense, piercingNear Antonyms bearable, endurable, supportable, sustainable, tolerable; livable (also liveable), sufferable, survivable; acceptable, allowable, reasonableAntonyms gratifying, pleasing, sweet

  2. 2 intensely or unbearably painful <the harrowing amputations without any anesthetic that soldiers and sailors once were forced to endure> Synonyms agonizing, excruciating, racking, raging, tormenting, torturing, torturous, wrenchingRelated Words acute, exquisite, extreme, fierce, intense, vehement, violent; biting, cutting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, shooting, smarting, stabbing, stinging, tearing, tingling

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a very small amount

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