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harrowing
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Multiple Meanings
harrowing — as in:  a harrowing story

It was a harrowing journey through war-torn Afghanistan.
frightening or unsettling

Much more rarely, harrowing can mean breaking apart soil on a farm. Even more rarely (and archaically), it can mean harrying or harassing as in:  "We are harrowing their army as they advance northward."
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