View synonyms for heart-wrenching


[ hahrt ren-ching ]


  1. causing or involving great sadness or distress; heartbreaking:

    The accounts of their persecution are heart-wrenching.

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  • heart-wrench·ing·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of heart-wrenching1

First recorded in 1835–40; heart ( def ) + wrench ( def ) + -ing 2( def )

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Example Sentences

Dickens was a master of heart-wrenching pathos because he felt every pain as he wrote.

Minors are some of the most heart-wrenching cases of police shootings.

The idea that this journey is being transformed into a “pay-per-prayer” weekend, as Sardar notes, is heart wrenching and worrying.

And throughout her interview, Maynard stresses the importance of her family during this heart-wrenching time.

Instead, my Facebook and Twitter feeds were filled with story after story of heart wrenching and often divisive news events.

Timmy was heart-wrenching enough by himself, but I've had to watch the change in you in the past few months.

Yes, of course, Frank and I were having this heart-wrenching discussion about the right thing to do.

He had had enough heart-wrenching to bear as it was without that.

Meanwhile, I was too choked up after the last heart-wrenching scene to get up and make a speech.