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harrowing

adjective     /ˈhær.əʊ.ɪŋ/ US  /ˈher.oʊ-/
extremely upsetting because connected with suffering: a harrowing story For many women, the harrowing prospect of giving evidence in a rape case can be too much to bear.Saddening, shocking and upsetting
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