heartrending


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heart-rend·ing

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

heart•rend•ing

(ˈhɑrtˌrɛn dɪŋ)

adj.
causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.
[1680–90]
heart′rend`ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.heartrending - causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter"
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13
Translations

heartrending

[ˈhɑːtˌrendɪŋ] ADJdesgarrador, que parte el corazón
it was heartrending to see themse me partía el corazón de verlos

heartrending

[ˈhɑːtˌrɛndɪŋ] adjstraziante
References in classic literature ?
Here, in Number Four, are my Adopted Handwritings of public characters; my testimonials to my own worth and integrity; my Heartrending Statements of the officer's family, the curate's wife, and the grazier's widow, stained with tears, blotted with emotion; et cetera, et cetera.
But what was his surprise, on reaching the shore, to hear sounds of the most heartrending distress, mingled with the sweetest songs which had ever charmed him
He locked the doors of his house, mounted his horse, and with a broken spirit set out on his journey; but he had hardly gone half-way when, harassed by his reflections, he had to dismount and tie his horse to a tree, at the foot of which he threw himself, giving vent to piteous heartrending sighs; and there he remained till nearly nightfall, when he observed a man approaching on horseback from the city, of whom, after saluting him, he asked what was the news in Florence.
In the midst of all this frightful tumult and these terrific cries, two reports, fearfully distinct, followed by two shrieks more heartrending than all, froze me with terror.
When he told me this he put his hand to his cheek as though he still felt the smart of the blow, and in his eyes was a pain that was heartrending and an amazement that was ludicrous.
It was heartrending, Oudarde; and IL saw a very hard man, Master Ponce Lacabre, the procurator, weep.
My father talks of nothing but marches and countermarches, things of which I understand nothing; and the day before yesterday during my daily walk through the village I witnessed a heartrending scene.
Once only he gave Norine a sorrowful, heartrending look; then, from lips already cold, breathed that one word, 'Theodore
The disclosures suggested by what has come to light are so heartrending and so dreadful that I cannot bring myself to write about them until I am absolutely obliged to do so.
He laid his head on Phellion's desk, and all his limbs were limp as if struck by lightning; while his sobs were so heartrending, so genuine, that for the first time in his life Poiret's feelings were stirred by the sufferings of another.
As a matter of fact, however, what he complained of most was his spiritual condition--that indescribable forsakenness--to which he gives such heartrending expression in "Zarathustra".
She lived in a town "in the centre," sharing her compassionate labours between the horrors of overcrowded jails, and the heartrending misery of bereaved homes.