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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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adjective moving, sad, distressing, affecting, tragic, pathetic, poignant, harrowing, heartbreaking, pitiful, gut-wrenching, piteous heart-rending pictures of refugees
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Playing out in real time, over the next 100 minutes of conversation that ranges from painfully awkward to heart-rendingly honest, they reveal their loneliness - while fitting in a bit of comedy dancing and discussing the merits of fish finger sandwiches and scotch eggs.
Elin Manahan-Thomas performs some of his most heart-rendingly beautiful arias and contrasts them with masterpieces of expression from other eras.
If the governments of the EU were to send all those millions of refugees back to their homeland when the fighting eventually ends, there would be a colossal reconstruction job waiting to be carried out before that could begin and that is the least the EU governments should do for these innocent, but heart-rendingly unfortunate people.
With the finding of the plane's parts, the closure the families of the crash victims have been so heart-rendingly seeking all these months appears to be more real than chimerical despite the understandable scepticism of some whose hope has frayed beyond repair.
No one could have foreseen the calamity that occurred on a snowbound runway in Munich less than a year later, when so many of the Busby Babes perished, including the 21-year-old colossus from Dudley, Duncan Edwards, which made those programme notes heart-rendingly poignant.
Lesley's compositions can be heart-rendingly poignant such as songs Missing and Too Bad or hilariously bitter such as Mr Sad, but she admits she has never been sure of the the type of sound she was looking for.
And of nearly 700 Palestinians mowed down by the Israeli trigger-happy soldiery, almost all are civilians, tragically quite a lot of them women and, more heart-rendingly, children.
Heart-rendingly, though, callous, unthinking vandals smashed the glass and it was eventually removed.
But I would recommend you see Wet House because it is brilliantly acted, heart-rendingly human and with more than a ring of truth (Campbell, who lives on Tyneside, once worked in such a place).
What, do you go mth in DavyNa mean apart from the heart-rendingly beautiful Dales, which attract millions of visitors every year, and the North York Moors, and the Wolds, magnificently reinvented by painter David Hockney, and the rugged Pennines, and Riviera Coast with Whitby and Scarborough?
They were there at Belsen when humanity's greatest crimes ever recorded against fellow human beings, were left heart-rendingly on film for all time.
Levitan included Orthodox monasteries and churches in his riverscapes as points of interest and compositional devices in the flat terrain; he merely painted what he found typical--and sometimes heart-rendingly beautiful--in the Russian land.