heart-rending


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heart-rend·ing

or heart·rend·ing (härt′rĕn′dĭng)
adj.
Causing anguish or deep distress; arousing deep sympathy.

heart-rending

adj
causing great mental pain and sorrow
ˈheart-ˌrendingly adv
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heart-rending

adjective moving, sad, distressing, affecting, tragic, pathetic, poignant, harrowing, heartbreaking, pitiful, gut-wrenching, piteous heart-rending pictures of refugees
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I have often been awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart-rending shrieks of an own aunt of mine, whom he used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood.
Micawber would make the most heart-rending confidences to me; also on a Sunday morning, when I mixed the portion of tea or coffee I had bought over-night, in a little shaving-pot, and sat late at my breakfast.
The song ended with a deep sigh, and again the listeners remained waiting attentively for the singer to resume; but perceiving that the music had now turned to sobs and heart-rending moans they determined to find out who the unhappy being could be whose voice was as rare as his sighs were piteous, and they had not proceeded far when on turning the corner of a rock they discovered a man of the same aspect and appearance as Sancho had described to them when he told them the story of Cardenio.
Some day, my friend," said Philippe, pressing his hand, and thanking him for his mute repentance by a heart-rending look, "I will relate to you my life.
The mutilated and almost undistinguishable bodies were placed in rows upon the ground, in the midst of the assemblage; and the scene of heart-rending anguish and lamentation that ensued would have confounded those who insist on Indian stoicism.
she said to us, with just the same heart-rending lift to the left eyebrow and the same break of her voice as sent Strickland mad among the horses in the year '84.
He drew a moaning breath after it and uttered in a heart-rending tone, "You know, Rita, that I cannot live without you.
Bartolomeo at last broke the silence by crying out in a heart-rending tone:--
But it was not only the heart-rending sound that almost paralysed poor Mimi with terror.
Pondering over these heart-rending tidings, Catherine walked slowly upstairs.
At that instant he heard a heart-rending cry close beside him--"Water
It was heart-rending to lie and listen to their cries for those who never would return; and it made me understand the full horror of the work done that day to further man's ambition.