[ teer-jur-ker ]
/ ˈtɪərˌdʒɜr kər /
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a story, play, movie, or the like that is sentimental or sad enough to evoke pangs of emotion to the point of tears: This new version of a classic tearjerker is touted as the must-see film of the holiday season, but it lacks the genuine warmth of the original.
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OTHER WORDS FROM tearjerkertear·jerk·ing, adjective
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A reappraisal of another epic tear-jerker, Gone with the Wind, is discussed in the TLS this week by Paula Marantz Cohen.Best of Brit Lit|Peter Stothard|July 9, 2009|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for tearjerker
/ (ˈtɪəˌdʒɜːkə) /
informal an excessively sentimental film, play, book, etc
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