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harrowing experience

An experience that is frightening, chilling, or disturbing, either due to an implied or actual element of danger, or from being physically or emotionally unpleasant. With so much traffic, cycling in this city can be a harrowing experience. Walking through that graveyard last night was quite the harrowing experience. The film is very good, but it's a bit of a harrowing experience; it doesn't shy away from intense subject matter.
See also: experience

jarring experience

An experience that creates an acute sense of shock, confusion, or bewilderment. That car accident was such a jarring experience, I don't know if I'll be able to sleep for days. You need better use of transitional sentences in your paper. Jumping from point to point like that will be a jarring experience for the reader.
See also: experience, jar

chalk (something) up to experience

To regard a bad situation, action, or outcome as a learning experience rather than dwelling on its negative impact. I know you're upset about failing your exam, but just chalk it up to experience and try harder next time!
See also: chalk, experience, up

experience is the mother of wisdom

Most wisdom is gained by experiencing different things (compared to acquiring knowledge through schooling or other means). A few years ago, I couldn't even get behind the wheel without having panic attacks, but, with practice, I'm much calmer and can drive with no problems. Experience is the mother of wisdom after all.
See also: experience, mother, of, wisdom

Experience is the best teacher.

Prov. You will learn more from things that happen to you in real life than you will from hearing about or studying things that happen to other people. I don't care how many books you read about how to run a business; experience is the best teacher. The nurse believed that experience was the best teacher when it came to developing a bedside manner, so she made sure that all her students spent a lot of time with patients.
See also: experience, teacher

Experience is the father of wisdom,

 and Experience is the mother of wisdom.
Prov. The more that happens to you, the more you will learn. I never understood why supervisors got so frustrated with me until I became a supervisor and got frustrated with my subordinates. Experience was definitely the mother of wisdom, in my case.
See also: experience, father, of, wisdom

Experience is the teacher of fools.

Prov. Only fools do not learn after seeing other people's mistakes and insist on repeating them. Father: You should spend more time studying and less time having fun with your friends. If I had been a better student when I was your age, I'd have a better job now. Son: Oh, come on, Dad. School's worthless. Father: Don't make the same mistake I did! Experience is the teacher of fools.
See also: experience, fool, of, teacher

growth experience

 and growth opportunity; learning experience
Euph. an unpleasant experience. This job has been a growth experience for me. I've learned so much. Jim said that his trip to Mexico turned out to be a real learning experience.
See also: experience, growth

put something down to experience

  (British, American & Australian) also chalk something up to experience (American & Australian)
to decide that instead of being upset about something bad that you have done or that has happened, you will learn from it 'I'm so ashamed. I let him take advantage of me.' 'Don't be so hard on yourself. Just put it down to experience.'
See also: down, experience, put
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Hence it is that horror is made to inhere in sight or sound, that the contemplation of the dreadful must necessarily seize, strike, thrill or chill the experiencer, and that his response to it must be of a bodily nature (shuddering, trembling, staggering, or standing like a statue).
The IN suffix in Hunzib now has a wide range of functions (recipient, experiencer, addressee, goal, IN-location).
This strategy attempts to avoid long-time academic debates on whether religion is a "sui generis" phenomenon or purely a "naturalistic" phenomenon, while it also seeks to preserve the integrity of the experiences and the experiencers being examined.
The difference in meaning depends entirely on the object pronoun used to refer to the experiencer.
Even without this fictional identification, however, the three seem to form a perfect trio, with Lu Gao as the active experiencer, Yao Liang as the quiet meditator, and "I" or "Ma Yuan" as the unperturbed observer.
Though it may be possible for similarly situated individuals to "know or say what the quality of the other's experience is," the greater the difference between the experiencer and her observer, the less it is possible for the observer to adopt the experiencer's point of view.
A few other forms show clear analogical associations with a transitive verbal category, infinitives, while yet a few other forms can be explained by an inherited use of the accusative to mark experiencer adjuncts.
The empirical evidence for this embodied kind of mental modeling is not only behavioral, as in Barsalou's "perceptual symbols" theory and in Zwaan's "Immersed Experiencer Framework" (see Zwaan, "The Immersed Experiencer"), but also neurophysiological (see Pulvermuller).
Future research investigating peak experiences could gather more information about the characteristics that make them valued by the experiencer.
Sentence (10) also shows that the change experiencer (sie 'this') and the resulting state (kananika 'shoemaker') can both be expressed by the nominative form in Livonian.
This study concentrates on a fifth possible complement type, namely the construction [PV + infinitive], which represents the direct perception of an event by an experiencer subject ([NP.
As language is taken to be an objective tool of depiction, an individual merely uses the tool to perform the task of depiction with the performance of depicting being set apart from the subjectivity of the performer (the experiencer and the language-user) ensuring objectivity to the performance itself and thereby transferring this objectivity to the product, namely the expression(s) of this experience in language.
In the following example, the noun "village" is both the syntactic subject and the semantic experiencer of the verb "looked.
It is the experiencer that connects all experiences.