Related formsheart·rend·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedgut-wrenching heartrending
Examples from the Web for heart-rending
Laurie Metcalf gave a heart-rending portrayal of a businesswoman suffering from early dementia in The Other Place.
About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama.
The News From Spain By Joan Wickersham Seven heart-rending love stories only peripherally about Spain.This Week’s Hot Reads, Sept. 24, 2012: David Denby, Alex Witchel & More|Mythili Rao|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon delivers a brilliant, heart-rending performance in the delightful dramedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home.Susan Sarandon on ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home,’ Limbaugh, the GOP, Tim Robbins, and More|Marlow Stern|March 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They contain some of the most exquisite, heart-rending, and thought-provoking writing I have come across.
It is a crucial test, a heart-rending test for a boy of twenty years.The Courage of the Commonplace|Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
Mrs. Powis fell on her knees before him,—heart-rending sight!Barford Abbey|Susannah Minific Gunning
It is heart-rending to look at a picture such as this; it is sad to think of it and to write about it.The Civil War Through the Camera|Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
Frank described the heart-rending affliction of his mother, the asperities of which time had somewhat softened.Cora and The Doctor|Harriette Newell Baker
She stroked it—actually stroked it—and although it was just a great horrid Crab the expression it wore was heart-rending.The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy|Mabel Henriette Spielmann