heartrending

[ hahrt-ren-ding ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌrɛn dɪŋ /

adjective

causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.

Nearby words

  1. hearthstone,
  2. heartily,
  3. heartland,
  4. heartless,
  5. heartlessly,
  6. hearts,
  7. hearts and flowers,
  8. heartsease,
  9. heartsick,
  10. heartsink

Origin of heartrending

First recorded in 1680–90; heart + rending

Related formsheart·rend·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedgut-wrenching heartrending

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British Dictionary definitions for heart-rending

heart-rending

adjective

causing great mental pain and sorrow
Derived Formsheart-rendingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for heart-rending

heart-rending

adj.

also heartrending, heart rending, 1680s, from heart + present participle of rend. Related: Heart-rendingly.

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