harrowing

adjective
har·​row·​ing | \ ˈher-ə-wiŋ How to pronounce harrowing (audio) , ˈha-rə-\

Definition of harrowing

: acutely distressing or painful a harrowing experience Mr. Wu's work in a coal mine was particularly harrowing.— Charles Horner

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harrowingly adverb

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To be clear, how much Coca-Cola’s margins were affected is certainly not the main question anyone should take away from this truly harrowing event. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Christine Blasey Ford’s Coke bottle, O.J. Simpson’s Bronco, and the inevitability of brands," 28 Sep. 2018 The report said the Amnesty team interviewed hundreds of victims and collected harrowing new evidence of the murderous methods used to drive the Rohingya out of Myanmar. Verena Dobnik, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amnesty International: Myanmar military should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity," 27 June 2018 The report said the Amnesty team interviewed hundreds of victims and collected harrowing new evidence of the murderous methods used to drive the Rohingya out of Myanmar. Washington Post, "Amnesty Intl urges trials for Myanmar military over Rohingya," 27 June 2018 It's been both a harrowing and empowering time to be a woman, especially a woman in a Hollywood that's been run by men like Harvey Weinstein for decades. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's a Parade of Pink on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 This swerving tone—from blithe to pitiable, humorous to harrowing—works well in the books, when we are glued to Patrick’s side and treated to his acid tongue and exquisite descriptions. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Is Patrick Melrose Too Glamorous?," 17 May 2018 Both sides relive the harrowing day through agonizing testimony from survivors and families. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Why Nikolas Cruz's death penalty trial would be complicated," 26 Apr. 2018 The feat is even more impressive considering his harrowing Memorial Day. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar season preview: Penske, Ganassi look to close out decade of dominance," 5 Mar. 2018 The feat is even more impressive considering his harrowing Memorial Day. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "IndyCar team previews: Penske, Ganassi look to close out decade of dominance," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of harrowing

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of harrowing was in 1799

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harrowing

adjective
har·​row·​ing | \ ˈher-ə-wiŋ\

Kids Definition of harrowing

: very distressing or painful a harrowing experience

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