heartwrenching

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

heart +‎ wrenching

Adjective[edit]

heartwrenching ‎(comparative more heartwrenching, superlative most heartwrenching)

  1. Having a painful emotional impact; causing grief or distress.
    • 2007 September 23, “In a Tough City, Almost an Adult; An Active Approach to Psychic Change (4 Letters)”[1], New York Times:
      The interview with Sarah Mohess was both heartwrenching and inspiring.

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