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harrowing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishharrowinghar‧row‧ing /ˈhærəʊɪŋ $ -roʊ-/ adjective  UPSETvery frightening or shocking and making you feel very upset a harrowing experience a harrowing story
Examples from the Corpus
harrowingThe book is a harrowing account of his stepfather's abuse.After a harrowing bus ride through the mountains, we arrived at the port of Heraklion.Whether I'd stuck to my guns or not, it had been a harrowing experience and I felt abused.No, Mr Holman, don't let your harrowing experience this morning send you into the realms of fantasy.But 19-year-old model Saffron Domini needed little persuasion to appear in a harrowing film about racism and violence.Despite critical letters from their families and harrowing interviews with different social workers, they remain resolute.He was reliving the harrowing moment when he discovered her unconscious, her neck in a ligature.His other abiding memory is a harrowing one.After many hair-raising adventures, most not only survive but emerge wiser and stronger as a result of their harrowing ordeal.The case made harrowing reading, but far worse was the account of how passers-by behaved.The film contained harrowing scenes of starving children.harrowing experienceDespite all this talent, however, Simon describes his trip to Broadway as a somewhat harrowing experience.No detectable fragments may survive this harrowing experience.You've had a harrowing experience and a lucky escape.Whether I'd stuck to my guns or not, it had been a harrowing experience and I felt abused.Reporting a rape remains a strenuous and harrowing experience, however, and it is likely to continue as an underreported offence.No, Mr Holman, don't let your harrowing experience this morning send you into the realms of fantasy.
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