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

Examples of harrowing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many noted the harrowing events at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Lisa Mascaro And Mary Clare Jalonick, Star Tribune, "McConnell: Trump 'provoked' Capitol siege, mob was fed lies," 19 Jan. 2021 The police reports from his ward corroborate this: more violence, more harrowing details about the way people are now surviving. New York Times, "Gunfire and Crashing Cars: In Struggling Neighborhoods, ‘We’re Losing Our Grip’," 2 Jan. 2021 Earlier Sunday, the officers who responded provided harrowing details, at times getting choked up reliving the moments that led up to the blast. Tim Darnell, ajc, "‘World is never going to forget me,’ Nashville bomber tells neighbor days before explosion," 28 Dec. 2020 Earlier Sunday, the officers who responded provided harrowing details, at times getting choked up reliving the moments that led up to the blast. CBS News, "Motive "may never" be known after Nashville bomber killed in blast, official says," 28 Dec. 2020 Earlier Sunday, the officers who responded provided harrowing details, at times getting choked up reliving the moments that led up to the blast. chicagotribune.com, "Nashville bomb: Motive behind blast still unclear and ‘answers won’t come quickly,’ authorities say," 28 Dec. 2020 Earlier Sunday, the officers who responded provided harrowing details, at times getting choked up reliving the moments that led up to the blast. Arkansas Online, "After naming bombing suspect, focus turns to motive," 28 Dec. 2020 Earlier Sunday, the officers who responded provided harrowing details, at times getting choked up reliving the moments that led up to the blast. Kimberlee Kruesi, Time, "Nashville Bombing Suspect Acted Alone and Died in Blast, Federal Officials Say," 28 Dec. 2020 Earlier Sunday, the officers who responded provided harrowing details, at times getting choked up reliving the moments that led up to the blast. Bloomberg.com, "Suspect in Nashville Explosion on Christmas Day Died in Blast," 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of harrowing

1799, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for harrowing

from present participle of harrow entry 3

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The first known use of harrowing was in 1799

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20 Feb 2021

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“Harrowing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harrowing. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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