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heartrending

adjective heart·rend·ing \ˈhärt-ˌren-diŋ\

: causing great sadness or sorrow

Full Definition of HEARTRENDING

:  heartbreaking 1a
heart·rend·ing·ly \-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of HEARTRENDING

  1. <couldn't bear to see the heartrending photos of victims of the famine>
  2. <a heartrending choice between saving his daughter or his son>

First Known Use of HEARTRENDING

1594

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