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[hahrt-ren-ding] /ˈhɑrtˌrɛn dɪŋ/
causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.
Origin of heartrending
First recorded in 1680-90; heart + rending
Related forms
heartrendingly, adverb
Can be confused
gut-wrenching, heartrending. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The case of Nick, although sore enough in its way, was not so heartrending as that of Kate.

    Ridgeway Scian Dubh
  • I rolled about on the ground, uttering the most heartrending cries.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • The scenes on the decks of the sinking liner were heartrending.

  • Now and again he let himself be caught by the heartrending accents of his wife.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • The next morning there came a heartrending letter from Aunt Ju.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • He lifted his face, swept them with a heartrending glance, and finished.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • Sir Arthur uttered a heartrending cry and fell back in a faint.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • Some of the scenes witnessed here were heartrending in the extreme.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • It is in this district that the loss of life has been heartrending.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker

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