V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: unsettling or distressing and evoking feelings of fear, horror, or disgust

Synonyms: distressing, unsettling, trying, painful, upsetting, traumatic, tormenting

Antonyms: assuaging, comforting, soothing

Tips: Harrowing is related to the word harrow, which is a piece of farm equipment with sharp teeth that is used to break apart soil. A harrowing experience might leave a person feeling a bit like that upturned soil. Harrowing is a more sophisticated way of describing something that is unsettling and distressing. If you are described as harrowed, you look like you have suffered or gone through a harrowing ordeal.

Usage Examples:

The car crash was a harrowing experience that left its victims in pain and distress for several months. (traumatic, distressing)

The farmer used his harrow to prepare the earth for a new season's crop planting. (farm tool with sharp "teeth") noun

They looked harrowed, but were physically unharmed, after the hurricane. (traumatized, as though having suffered) adjective

It was very disturbing to hear his harrowing stories of war. (unsettling, distressing, traumatic)

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