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Synonyms for heartrending

causing or marked by grief or anguish

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Then they dared not look; they no longer saw her; but they heard a thousand kisses and a thousand sighs, mingled with heartrending cries, and dull blows like those of a head in contact with a wall.
Pickwick's masterly description of that heartrending scene?
I know nothing about it," she cried with a heartrending wail, and she ran to Katerina Ivanovna, who clasped her tightly in her arms, as though she would shelter her from all the world.
Whether you've lost someone close or not, this heartrending read will make you appreciate how important loved ones are.
The images of an elderly mother weeping at the grave of her son and the young children in their mother's arms, who will now grow up without their much loved father, are heartrending.
The darkly rich vocal matches the feeling, and suddenly you feel yourself to be inside a heartrending scene from a film, where two desolate people are walking away from each other parting forever, across an old bridge, in slicing rain.
In this heartrending memoir, Carter, a political journalist in New York, faces some of the emotions he had once put behind him to deliver a story about his determination to have successful career, and above all, finding the grace and strength to forgive.
Quite a few years later the now not-so-young editor observed with interest the fights, excruciating analyses, and heartrending decisions that went into creating something called Medicare Part D.
This heartrending look at racism and the Revolution--often Gothic in tone, as the author comments in a note at the end that explains the facts on which he bases his fiction--is an unusual and compelling read.
And while the stories of these students--one transgender girl, two lesbians, and a gay teen--are heartrending and inspiring, the endless shots of them on the subway walking down the street, etc.
Each chapter begins with conversations between the downtrodden victims of the HIV epidemic in Asia, persons whose clothing, gestures, and thoughts Hunter describes in heartrending detail, although they are not, in fact, real persons.
The resulting hybridized duet, an intense aural patchwork of heartrending love and loss, was sung by a tenor and soprano in two disused outdoor handball alleys divided by a wall that blocked each singer from the other's view.
Many times I have concluded that marriage is nuts, but I find myself delighted by her company, which is endlessly stimulating, sometimes in ways beyond hilarity or sensuality, and sometimes in ways so frustrating and heartrending that I go pray and walk and hum and fold laundry and recall that I am no gleaming glittering prize either.
At least the folks who made this visually striking, sometimes heartrending, swift and tense adaptation of John le Carre's novel try to say something significant about the current state of the developing world.
The holiday of a lifetime turned into a heartrending mission of mercy for a retired couple.