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n. Informal
A highly sentimental story, drama, or performance, often intended to arouse heartache or sympathy.

tear′-jerk′ing adj.
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(ˈtɪərˌdʒɜr kər)

n. Informal.
a sentimental story, play, movie, or the like, designed to elicit tears.
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Noun1.tearjerker - an excessively sentimental narrative
narration, narrative, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
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