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heart-wrenching

[ hahrt-ren-ching ]
/ ˈhɑrt ˈrɛn tʃɪŋ /
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adjective
causing or involving great sadness or distress; heartbreaking: The accounts of their persecution are heart-wrenching.
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Origin of heart-wrenching

First recorded in 1835–40; heart + wrench + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM heart-wrenching

heart-wrench·ing·ly, adverb
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