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Wordnet 3.0


1. extremely painful;
[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. [1913 Webster] Will he harrow the valleys after thee? --Job xxxix. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex. [1913 Webster] My aged muscles harrowed up with whips. --Rowe. [1913 Webster] I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

harrowing adj 1: extremely painful [syn: agonizing, agonising, excruciating, harrowing, torturing, torturous, torturesome]
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