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heartrending

[hahrt-ren-ding] /ˈhɑrtˌrɛn dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; heart + rending
Related forms
heartrendingly, adverb
Can be confused
gut-wrenching, heartrending.
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British Dictionary definitions for heart-rending

heart-rending

adjective
1.
causing great mental pain and sorrow
Derived Forms
heart-rendingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for heart-rending
adj.

also heartrending, heart rending, 1680s, from heart + present participle of rend. Related: Heart-rendingly.

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