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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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TEARJERKER Emotions ran high TEARS welling in his eyes, a D-Day veteran yesterday listens in solemn silence as the Queen hails his comrades who gave their lives for freedom from tyranny.
The six-part black comedy is a hard watch - a tearjerker with genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
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Sauces will still play a starring role, with customers able to choose from a large selection to suit every taste including the Tearjerker sauce -- an audacious mix of Habanero and Carolina Reaper chillies.
However, Patrick is more of a fan of "tearjerker" rom-coms.
And executives say they have a real "tearjerker" of a storyline planned for January which will hit Kat, played by Jessie Wallace, hard.
Regardless, the darkly comedic tone and tearjerker ending should make this brooding genre-bender a solid performer among auds of the right age.
HIT drama Downton Abbey has been given a fourth series as ITV bosses warned viewers to have their "tissues ready" for the show's Christmas tearjerker.
Then, at the end of the week, Ellen Kent returns for the first time since 2009, bringing two operas with her - Puccini tearjerker Madama Butterfly on Friday, and Verdi's powerful La Traviata on Saturday.
George Cloooney is the firm's 4-5 favourite for his role in Hawaiibased tearjerker The Descendants with Brad Pitt (Moneyball) the 28-1 outsider.