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 for heartrending
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heartrending \Heart"rend`ing\ (-r[e^]nd`[i^]ng), a.
     Causing intense grief; overpowering with anguish; very
     distressing.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  heartrending
      adj 1: causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss";
             "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the
             heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter" [syn:
             grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "heartrending":
     affecting, afflictive, agonizing, calamitous, consuming,
     desolating, dire, distressing, doleful, excruciating, grievous,
     harrowing, heartbreaking, heartsickening, heartwounding,
     lamentable, moving, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, racking,
     regrettable, rending, tormenting, torturous, touching,
     unfortunate
  
  

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