causing or expressing intense grief, anguish, or distress.

1680–90; heart + rending

heartrendingly, adverb

gut-wrenching, heartrending.
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causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter" [syn: grievous
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And, as many of you know, these stories are truly heartrending.
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The cries and groans of the wounded as they were driven by were heartrending and awful to hear.
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