heartrending

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

Definition of heartrending

heartrendingly

play \ˈhärt-ˌren-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of heartrending in a sentence

  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>

1621

First Known Use of heartrending

1621


HEARTRENDING Defined for English Language Learners

heartrending

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

Definition of heartrending for English Language Learners

  • : causing great sadness or sorrow



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