Definitions

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  • adj. That causes great grief, anguish or distress
  • adj. That elicits deep sympathy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing intense grief; overpowering with anguish; very distressing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Overpowering with anguish; deeply afflictive; very distressing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing or marked by grief or anguish

Etymologies

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Examples

  • A heartrending story written in heartrending style, compassionate and pinpoint accurate as usual.

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  • Stunning, charming, and heartrending is Michel Gagné's opening number, "Underworld," an entirely wordless piece about a brave little fox.

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  • He described the subsequent scene as "heartrending," adding that, were it up to him, he "would remove every Indian tomorrow beyond the reach of the white men who, like vultures, are watching, ready to pounce upon their prey and strip them of everything they have."

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  • Delegates had no excuse for not doing everything possible to uplift the disadvantaged, because they knew the "heartrending" reality the poor experienced.

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  • And so the department began to gear up for a long spell of defensive maneuvering, knowing exactly what kind of heartrending twaddle would be coming from the brave and fearless foot soldiers of the fifth estate.

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  • "I am quite sure," she said, with a kind of heartrending cheerfulness,

    The Clique of Gold

  • Paul Carey, who was Ernie Harwell's partner on Tigers broadcasts for 19 seasons, said it's "heartrending" to see Harwell deal with his terminal cancer.

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  • -- Paul Carey, who was Ernie Harwell's partner on Tigers broadcasts for 19 seasons, said it's "heartrending" to see Harwell deal with his terminal cancer.

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  • Prosecutor: Juvenile sexual assault is 'heartrending'

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  • This auditory pulling of the ropes is capable of piercing and opening your reception to heartrending music.

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