harrowing ˈher-ə-wiŋ , ˈha-rə- adjective
The word harrowing has appeared in 465 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 3 in “Tekashi69’s Testimony Leads to Guilty Verdicts for 2 Gang Members” by Colin Moynihan:
A month later, Mr. Hernandez testified, Mr. Ellison and another man kidnapped and robbed him in Brooklyn. Mr. Hernandez described the experience in harrowing detail. Mr. Ellison, he said, forced him to say three times that he was not part of Nine Trey, while the second abductor punched him repeatedly in the head. After that, he said, the second man urged Mr. Ellison to kill him.
Mr. Hernandez told jurors that he bargained for his life, giving his captors $365,000 worth of jewelry, then sprinting through the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant when they released him, eventually throwing himself into a stranger’s car and begging for a ride to a police precinct.