heartrending

Part of speech: adjective

Extremely distressing: dreadful.

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Usage examples "heartrending":

  1. Metternich visited the Duke on his deathbed: " It was a heartrending sight. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
  2. He told Sir Michael one morning in Carrick, after some public meeting at which all the gentry of the neighbourhood had been present, and while many of them, and among them Mr. Brown, were standing by, that he had lately been giving a great deal of very close attention to that very distressing case of young Mr. Macdermot; he thought it was the most melancholy and heartrending case he had ever known. - "The Macdermots of Ballycloran", Anthony Trollope.
  3. The sittings began at ten, and already the usual crowd of idlers were assembling- men and women who apparently had no other occupation save to come day after day to this theatre of horrors and watch the different acts of the heartrending dramas that were enacted here with a kind of awful monotony. - "El Dorado", Baroness Orczy.