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  • adverb In a wrenching manner; with a sudden jerk or emotional shock.

Etymologies

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wrenching +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The result is a horror story, during which your frustration level is likely to grow exponentially, coupled to the kind of wrenchingly sad experience that comes from seeing a surprisingly beautiful young girl turn into an overweight, drooling, sedated ...

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  • The result is a horror story, during which your frustration level is likely to grow exponentially, coupled to the kind of wrenchingly sad experience that comes from seeing a surprisingly beautiful young girl turn into an overweight, drooling, sedated ...

    GreenCine Daily

  • Doveman is Thomas Bartlett, who doubles as a wrenchingly delicate singer-songwriter and a crack studio musician for the downtown art-music set.

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  • It was really fun until you got wrenchingly sick of stuffing your mouth full of Tootsie Rolls.

    Mattel’s Tastitoy Tootsweet Candy Whistle Maker - The Retroist

  • Through it all—the free-form conversations, the brilliant set pieces, the preposterous gross-outs, the flawless performances—Kristen Wiig's forlorn maid of honor, Annie, seeks her own destiny with a wrenchingly cockeyed passion.

    'Bridesmaids' Catches the Bouquet

  • Needless to say, there are other ways to play jazz, and I would never have looked to the George Shearing Quintet to supply me with a wrenchingly emotional experience, any more than I'd put on a record of Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony in order to have a good cry.

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  • As a result, this time of year is actually heart wrenchingly conflicting for me.

    Ted King diary: October in New England

  • Elephants are broken for training in an unspeakably, heart-wrenchingly cruel way.

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  • "It was gut wrenchingly good, " he said of their poems.

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  • No one has suggested that Édouard Manet was anything other than indifferent to religion, yet his "Jesus Mocked by the Soldiers" 1865, which hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, is one of the most wrenchingly powerful pieces of Christian iconography ever produced by a painter.

    How Can Skeptics Make Convincing Religious Art?

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