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.

Origin of heart-wrenching

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

Related forms

heart-wrench·ing·ly, adverb
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