harrowing

adjective har·row·ing \ ˈher-ə-wiŋ , ˈha-rə- \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of harrowing

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

harrowingly

adverb

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First Known Use of harrowing

1799

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HARROWING Defined for Kids

harrowing

adjective har·row·ing \ ˈher-ə-wiŋ \

Definition of harrowing for Students

: very distressing or painful
  • a harrowing experience


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