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adjective as in distressing

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Laurie Metcalf gave a heart-rending portrayal of a businesswoman suffering from early dementia in The Other Place.

About 1.7 million viewers tuned in to the heart-rending drama.

The News From Spain By Joan Wickersham Seven heart-rending love stories only peripherally about Spain.

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon delivers a brilliant, heart-rending performance in the delightful dramedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home.

They contain some of the most exquisite, heart-rending, and thought-provoking writing I have come across.

The most heart-rending events connected with these disasters occurred everywhere throughout the country.

The wailings of the damned can never be more heart-rending, as they were driven out, crying, 'O Lord!

This mad, sad, heart-rending, adventure must have driven him to insanity.

With the morning light the scene of destruction presented to the eyes of the survivors was truly heart-rending.

It is heart-rending to look at a picture such as this; it is sad to think of it and to write about it.


On this page you'll find 360 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to heart-rending, such as: agonizing, distressing, gut-wrenching, harrowing, heartbreaking, and heartrending.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.