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Causing, or suggestive of, melancholy or unhappiness
“But worse than that was the heartrending atmosphere they created, for though they never barked, growled or bit, they completely unnerved me by their looks of ghastly misery.”
Causing great pain or anguish
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“She had time to learn, from some of the prisoners taken in the engagement, the heartrending news of the death of her husband.”
Tending to cause great distress or anxiety
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“The sweet memories of my youth were step by step being replaced by the heartrending memories of that war.”
Deserving of, or arousing, pity or strong emotions
“Finn later recalled the heartrending sight of ragged, old widows queuing up for their handouts.”
Feeling or showing sadness or grief
“It was a terrible outroar, to which were added the heartrending cry of the women, together with the groaning of the wounded.”
Deeply or sincerely felt or expressed on an emotional level
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In a manner that is deeply or sincerely felt or expressed
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