1. [syn: agonizing, agonising, excruciating, harrowing, torturing, torturous, torturesome]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Harrow \Har"row\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harrowed
(h[a^]r"r[-o]d); p. pr. & vb. n. Harrowing.] [OE. harowen,
harwen; cf. Dan. harve. See Harrow, n.]
1. To draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking
clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed; as,
to harrow land.
Will he harrow the valleys after thee? --Job xxxix.
2. To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate;
to torment or distress; to vex.
My aged muscles harrowed up with whips. --Rowe.
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: extremely painful [syn: agonizing, agonising,
excruciating, harrowing, torturing, torturous,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "harrowing":
acute, afflictive, agonizing, alarming, atrocious, biting,
chilling, consuming, cramping, cruel, daunting, desolating,
disconcerting, dismaying, disquieting, distressing, disturbing,
excruciating, frightening, gnawing, grave, griping, hard, harsh,
heartbreaking, heartrending, heartsickening, heartwounding,
horrible, horrifying, hurtful, hurting, nerve-racking, painful,
paroxysmal, piercing, poignant, pungent, racking, rending, severe,
sharp, shooting, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, stabbing, stinging,
tearing, terrifying, tormenting, torturing, torturous, traumatic,
upsetting, vexing, worrisome, worrying