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Word: harrowing

Definition: agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth


Sentences Containing 'harrowing'

'Though harrowing to myself to mention, the alienation of Mr. Micawber (formerly so domesticated) from his wife and family, is the cause of my addressing my unhappy appeal to Mr. Traddles, and soliciting his best indulgence.
Along with a description of the author's own harrowing experiences in the camps, the book contains various observations on the real-life operation of the Soviet system and the psychology of some of its minions.
But to be more particular, for it is complained that Mr. Coleman has reported chiefly the expensive experiments of gentlemen farmers, my outgoes were, For a hoe.....................$ 0.54Plowing, harrowing, and furrowing.......
He went with Massie to Massie's Station (now Manchester, Ohio) Northwest Territory early in 1791 to help survey lands in the Virginia Military District, where he was captured by Indians, and held for a number of days before a harrowing escaping.
His latest books provide extensive eyewitness accounts of World War II history and include 'The Last Escape' which tells the harrowing story of Allied POWs in the closing stages of the war, 'Tail-End Charlies' which gives an insight into the final battles of the Allied bomber campaign in WWII and 'Home Run' which recounts the experiences of escaped Allied POWs evading capture in Europe behind enemy lines.
His other television credits include "Messiah: The Harrowing", "Holby City", "Totally Frank", "Doctors" and "The Bill".
In 2013 her book "Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape", was published under the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins.
In art this was symbolized by combining the depictions of the Resurrection with the Harrowing of Hell in icons and paintings.
John Anderson, of "Variety", said "to simply call it harrowing or unsparing doesn’t quite cut it," having felt that the film is "courageous and uncompromising, a shaken cocktail of debasement and elation, despair and hope."
Many contemporary artists continue to be haunted by the horrors of the Second World War and the specter of the Holocaust. Christian Boltanski's harrowing installations of the lost and the anonymous are particularly powerful.
Set in 1950s Paris against the backdrop of the French-Algerian conflict, the book tells the story of an affair between its two main protagonists; Saffie, the young German wife of renowned French musician Raphael Lepage; and Andras, a Hungarian-Jewish instrument repairer living in the city's Mairie immigrant district. When they first meet, both Andras and Saffie have been separately damaged by the events of the Second World War, but as their relationship develops over a period of several years, they are both able to begin to come to terms with the harrowing experiences that have shaped their lives - while around them a new generation is committing a fresh batch of atrocities.
Since his childhood he was exposed to harrowing social and cultural conditions which were later reflected in his work.
Stephenson had to give evidence at the inquest and this proved to be a harrowing experience.
The death state of Christ was considered by theologians such as Thomas Aquinas and related in traditions such as the Harrowing of Hell.
The disease ends fatally for many of the patients, such as the Catholic girl Barbara Hujus whose fear of death is heightened in a harrowing Viaticum scene, and cousin Ziemssen who leaves this world like an ancient hero.
The monologues ranged from light hearted tales of birthday parties and the joy of birthday oranges, to a redemptive tale of a gangster-gone-good to absolutely harrowing, brutally raw stories of rape and violation.
Their route then took them to Bonn, Germany, south along the Rhine River to Coblenz, Heidelberg and through the Back Forest. They then went to Switzerland, spending seven days and visiting Zürich, Lucerne, Interlaken, Montreux, and Geneva, and surviving a harrowing crossing of the Furka Pass high in the Alps.
Walter comes to the castle of an enchantress, from which he rescues a captive maiden in a harrowing adventure (or rather, she rescues him).
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