✅ Sorrowful describes being full of sorrow, or showing or expressing sorrow, grief, or pain (The dog made a sorrowful noise when I didn’t let her have some of my chips).
✅ Heartrending describes something that causes or expresses intense grief, anguish, or distress (a heartrending scream).
✅ Sorrowful and heartrending can both describe something that expresses grief and pain. Heartrending can also be used to describe something that causes grief or pain (His words were heartrending; There was a sorrowful tone to her voice).
✅ Heartrending is used less often than sorrowful, and can express stronger or more intense and immediate feelings, ones that really pull at your heartstrings (It was a heartrending melody).
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✅ Worn-out describes being exhausted, like your energy and enthusiasm has been used up (I felt worn-out after the long flight).
✅ Frazzled describes feeling fatigued and even somewhat flustered (I was so frazzled after the party).
✅ Worn-out suggests being particularly and intensely exhausted (I took a holiday because I was feeling worn-out).
✅ Frazzled is a more informal word and suggests feeling tired in a way that makes you easily overwhelmed, makes you feel stressed out, or reduces your ability to think clearly (I was too frazzled to talk to anyone after my rough day at work).
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✅ Origin refers to the source of something, where something comes from, or where it is derived from (She comes from humble origins; single-origin coffee).
✅ Wellspring refers to the source of something, often implying that the thing will not run out and is inexhaustible (He was a wellspring of kindness).
✅ Origin is much more common and refers to the place or moment something began, or its first stage of existence (The origin of the idea).
✅ Wellspring is used to refer to a source of something that won’t run out, rather than the point where something began (Her friend group was a wellspring of support).
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