Definitions

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  • adv. In a way or to an extent that is harrowing

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a harrowing manner; excruciatingly.

Etymologies

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harrowing +‎ -ly

Examples

  • As I could not believe him to be beyond the reach of pity, I explained my method to him, describing as harrowingly as I could the joy of those first few moments after the declaration of peace.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153, November 14, 1917

  • Of course, you only "build awareness" by depicting events with some degree of accuracy, which is why the soaps often proudly announce that they collaborated closely with charities to ensure that Steve McFadden's portrayal of the dark spiral of addiction would be as harrowingly authentic as possible, especially the bit where he smashed through a door like Jack Nicholson in The Shining and burned the Queen Vic to the ground.

    Charlie Brooker | Complaining about the lack of realism in EastEnders is like moaning that Monster Munch crisps don't taste of monsters

  • Lou, it turns out, was the only fatality of the explosion, harrowingly replayed in flashback as Tommy fills out the paperwork.

    Finale Review: Rescue Me

  • The nephew of Anjelica Huston — and grandson of John Huston — made a harrowingly brilliant debut on the Halloween-night episode of HBO's sprawling gangster drama as Richard Harrow, a disfigured sniper who joined forces with fellow World War I veteran Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) in Chicago.

    Cheers & Jeers: Boardwalk Empire's Man in the Iron Mask

  • The debt-limit crisis of 2011 brought the federal government harrowingly close to defaulting on its financial obligations.

    The Debt Deal and the Progressive Crack-Up

  • These are sparse, harrowingly simple and direct, noun-intensive, and spiritually unsettling poems.

    Seth Abramson: November 2011 Contemporary Poetry Reviews

  • TransCanada's spokesman, Terry Cunha, emphasized that in neither this, nor in any other case, is the company seeking to seize property -- even though the legal process is known rather harrowingly as "condemnation."

    Landowners Challenge TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline

  • Trash and harrowingly low budgets are the point of a Versus movie, as the genre's pioneers well knew back when they were churning out Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein/The Invisible Man/The Mummy.

    Cowboys & Aliens: the Versus movie without Versus in its name

  • Pittard can be harrowingly wise about the melancholy process of growing up, of moving from the horny days of high school to the burden of protecting our own children.

    A missing girl's long shadow

  • The short, simple account of The Seven Acts of Mercy is masterly; the responses to the two last Neapolitan paintings? revealed when on loan to the National Gallery to be perhaps the most harrowingly personal of all Caravaggio's works? are similarly effective (though marred by the odd insistence that they are primarily of interest because they show that Caravaggio must have been suffering the shakes following the violent assault that precipitated his death).

    Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane by Andrew Graham-Dixon

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