heartbreaking
adjective Date: 1586 1. a. causing intense sorrow or distress b. extremely trying or difficult 2. producing an intense emotional reaction or response <
heartbreaking beauty
>
heartbreakingly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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