heartrending

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

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heartrendingly \ˈhärt-ˌren-diŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of heartrending in a Sentence

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

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Standing in a room full of bagged, donated clothing, Bridgette walks back through some of the most heartrending moments of the recovery effort for the Rainbow Terrace families. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Families sleeping on the floor weeks after devastating Garden Valley fire, need your help: A Greater Cleveland," 13 Apr. 2018 The Davis family, three generations of which have faced the challenges of life in public housing, is the wellspring of some of our most harrowing and heartrending stories. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "In King Kennedy, Davis family must balance needs and resources, dreams and limitations: A Greater Cleveland," 4 Jan. 2018 The most heartrending situation occurs when these two questions yield opposing answers. Alaska Dispatch News, "Parents should decide for Charlie Gard," 22 July 2017

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1621, in the meaning defined above

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heartrending

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of heartrending

: causing great sadness or sorrow

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