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synonyms for heartrending

  • agonizing
  • distressing
  • excruciating
  • harrowing
  • heart-wrenching
  • heartbreaking
  • sad
  • touching
  • tragic
  • doleful
  • heartsickening
  • moving
  • piteous
  • pitiful
  • tear-jerking

antonyms for heartrending

MOST RELEVANT
  • happy
  • pleasant
  • pleasing
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How to use heartrending in a sentence

Convinced that it had to be a physical disorder, she wrote to doctors and, in heartrending precision, appealed to them for diagnosis and treatment, which of course they could not provide.
THESE REBELS FOUGHT CONFORMITY IN 1950S AMERICA—AND ARE STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE TODAYJAMES R. GAINESFEBRUARY 3, 2022TIME
The most heartrending threat to the seeds was the citizens of Leningrad themselves.
THE BOTANIST WHO DEFIED STALIN - ISSUE 99: UNIVERSALITYLEE ALAN DUGATKINAPRIL 21, 2021NAUTILUS
As she twisted his great red ear, the agonized cries of Johnny became heartrending.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME II (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
The unfortunate sufferers presented a heartrending picture, worthy of the painter of the Deluge.
THE SEVEN CARDINAL SINS: ENVY AND INDOLENCEEUGNE SUE
She spent days in worshipping the small divinity of his person, and in the contemplation of his heartrending human attributes.
THE CREATORSMAY SINCLAIR
This was really heartrending when the difference in fare for three persons would be at least twenty dollars.
PENELOPE'S EXPERIENCES IN SCOTLANDKATE DOUGLAS WIGGIN
I saw none of those heartrending tragic scenes of parting, none of the wild grief that grows so much wilder for being indulged.
THE RELIEF OF MAFEKINGFILSON YOUNG
She gave it with a heartrending impulsiveness throwing back her head suddenly and leaning her bosom on mine.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCEOLIVER ONIONS
The groans of the wounded were heartrending; the dead could no longer speak.
MY REMINISCENCES OF THE ANGLO-BOER WARBEN VILJOEN.
A wet blanket of so terrible a size was in itself pernicious to the Cabinet, and heartrending to the poor Duke.
THE PRIME MINISTERANTHONY TROLLOPE
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