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heart-rending Syllabification: heart-rend·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈhärtˌrendiNG/

Definition of heart-rending in English:


(Of a story or event) causing great sadness or distress.
Example sentences
  • At the moment of judgement, some displayed surprise, some anger, others a heart-rending sadness.
  • Their stories are heart-rending and I am glad we are able to offer them the chance of safety and a better life.
  • The storyline of the opera focuses on the heart-rending love story between the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi, a fragile but resolute girl.
pitiful, poignant, plaintive, moving, tearjerker, tearjerking, gut-wrenching


Example sentences
  • It was so again at Netherdale on Friday evening as, heart-rendingly, the Borders' hopes of proceeding in the Parker Pen Challenge Cup expired.
  • Didn't I make you cry, with my heart-rendingly honest ‘confessional’ pieces?
  • If she is cautious ascending to high C at the climax of the love duet, almost everything else she does is heart-rendingly truthful.
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