wrenching

[ US /ˈɹɛntʃɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈɛnt‍ʃɪŋ/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. causing great physical or mental suffering
    a wrenching pain
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How To Use wrenching In A Sentence

  • There was also an ancient-looking horn and an "erhu" -- a two-string instrument which produced the most heart-wrenching sounds, and the "yanqin", a string instrument so beautiful and powerful that I thought there were twenty different instruments playing at once! Mao's Last Dancer
  • Donald added: ‘the switch from a predominantly narrative mode of thought to a predominantly analytic or theoretic mode apparently requires a wrenching cultural transformation’.
  • Watching her navigate through a hometown she no longer feels safe in is gut-wrenching, literally. Karen Dalton-Beninato: Milneberg Joys and Losses: Treme 15
  • a wrenching pain
  • In reality, history has shown that such transitions are wrenching and China will be no exception.
  • In those eight years they have helped transform Republican presidential politics by wrenching it to the conservative side.
  • Those emotions are often conveyed through heart wrenching language and vivid imagery. Christianity Today
  • He gave a loud, startling, heart-wrenching cry and fell backwards in a dead faint.
  • Finally the English officer, a great lanky fellow with his trouser leg half torn off and a bloody bandage round his knee, succeeded in wrenching the banner away, but the Frog officer, who was about four feet tall, grabbed an end of it, and they came stumbling down in my direction, yelling at each other in their respective lingoes, with their crews joining in. Flashman's Lady
  • That would help ensure the European economy can continue to expand while economically troubled countries like Spain and Greece make wrenching cutbacks to reduce out-of-control deficits.
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