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Definition of heartrending:

  1. Causing intense grief; overpowering with anguish; very distressing.


depressing, miserable, dismal, agonizing, pathetic, pitiful, afflicting, lamentable, grave, piteous, weighty, poor, deplorable, hurtful, excruciating, tormenting, severe, unfortunate, melancholy, woeful, unlucky, tragic, flagitious, serious, heavy, rueful, sorry, monstrous, pitiable, mournful, galling, cruel, drear, tearful, teary, sorrowful, torturous, heartbreaking, distressful, dangerous, dreary, distressing, atrocious, grievous, wretched, painful, life-threatening, harrowing, harsh, saddening.

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