heart·​rend·​ing | \ ˈhärt-ˌren-diŋ How to pronounce heartrending (audio) \

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heartrendingly \ ˈhärt-​ˌren-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce heartrendingly (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the documentary’s most heartrending revelations is how she was forced to renounce Gonzales, her devoted girlfriend. The Economist, "Pro-choice v pro-life A new documentary looks at how Roe v Wade affected Norma McCorvey," 26 May 2020 As my colleague Nathan Heller wrote in the magazine, in June, GoFundMe had raised more than five billion in donations as of 2017, but crowdfunding efforts can create perverse online incentives, in which the most heartrending story wins. Natalie Meade, The New Yorker, "How Social Media Is Helping Survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas," 11 Sep. 2019 The film opens powerfully, with a heartrending scene in which the 15-year-old title character (Christian Malheiros, making a memorable screen debut) hopelessly attempts to awaken his mother who is obviously dead. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Socrates': Film Review," 7 Aug. 2019 After that, there is competition, with perverse incentives: whoever has the most heartrending story wins. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 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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First Known Use of heartrending

1621, in the meaning defined above

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“Heartrending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartrending. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heartrending

: causing great sadness or sorrow

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