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Synonyms for heart-rending

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and after rolling up his sleeves, he com- menced to lay on the heavy cowskin, and soon the warm, red blood (amid heart-rending shrieks from her, and horrid oaths from him) came dripping to the floor.
Pondering over these heart-rending tidings, Catherine walked slowly upstairs.
It was heart-rending to lie and listen to their cries for those who never would return; and it made me understand the full horror of the work done that day to further man's ambition.
Elizabeth's heart-rending eloquence failed to move the judges from their settled conviction in the criminality of the saintly sufferer.
To look for your sunny welcome that has warmed me into life, and to be received in your frozen manner, is heart-rending.
would indeed find it difficult to form the faintest conception of my heart-rending situation.
Some day, my friend," said Philippe, pressing his hand, and thanking him for his mute repentance by a heart-rending look, "I will relate to you my life.
The honourable gentleman related one case of a muffin boy, who having been exposed to this inhuman and barbarous system for no less than five years, at length fell a victim to a cold in the head, beneath which he gradually sunk until he fell into a perspiration and recovered; this he could vouch for, on his own authority, but he had heard (and he had no reason to doubt the fact) of a still more heart-rending and appalling circumstance.
Brera, an investment banker, and Nesi, a former business owner turned novelist and politician, deliver this heart-rending ground-level view of the dismantling of Italy's economy in the 2000s under the unrelenting wheel of globalization.
He said the need for national solidarity and unity was more than ever and there was no room for mutual differences after the heart-rending incident in Quetta.
Fire at the temple in Kollam is heart-rending and shocking beyond words.
The little baby was saved by Davitt Walsh, 29, and a heart-rending meeting took place this week when the tot was reunited with her saviour.
Cowgirl Jessie (Joan Cusack) is a fine addition to the gang, and don't be surprised if you get something in your eye when she breaks into the heart-rending song When She Loved Me.
RACHAEL Bletchly's tale of meeting Kirsty was heart-rending.
But the defining moment was the heart-rending but heart-warming tribute to the late Bob Torrance from Chris Doak while his son Sam and Stephen stood together.