Definition of gut-wrenching in English:



  • Extremely unpleasant or upsetting.

    ‘the film is a gut-wrenching portrait of domestic violence’
    • ‘Her struggle with the drought is gut-wrenching and the ending heartbreaking.’
    • ‘It was a gut-wrenching climax to yet another nerve-jangling afternoon.’
    • ‘The initial shock and disbelief at the news was replaced by a gut-wrenching amalgamation of loss, tears and anger.’
    • ‘It was gut-wrenching to see the nurse's eyes - an endless and genuine depth of care, affection and love as she adjusted the blanket and stroked Gran's hair.’
    • ‘In his moment of gut-wrenching disappointment, Taylor said all the right things in congratulating the winning candidates.’
    • ‘At night she would wake up with nightmares and her shrieks were gut-wrenching.’
    • ‘It was only hours later, after a gut-wrenching search through the body-strewn resort, that they found him alive.’
    • ‘It is a gut-wrenching cry that can apparently signify great joy or extreme pain.’
    • ‘And now she brings us the gut-wrenching story of another remarkable young lady.’
    • ‘I gave one final, gut-wrenching, adrenaline-pumped heave.’
    • ‘Her quivering sobs are more the stuff of movies than of daily serials which offer more intrigue than gut-wrenching emotion.’
    • ‘They still had to survive some gut-wrenching moments after that.’
    • ‘It is gut-wrenching stuff, with raspy vocals that constantly upset the balance between inner-strength and genuine heartbreak.’
    • ‘‘It was gut-wrenching to learn of her murder in your paper,’ she said.’
    • ‘It is perhaps a bit strange that this week, after losing by a bigger margin, the disappointment is not quite so gut-wrenching.’
    • ‘Yesterday's set of exquisitely correct opinions concluded with a statement about his gut-wrenching detestation of war.’
    • ‘Her father said: ‘It's a really difficult time. It's gut-wrenching for all of us.’’
    • ‘There was no disguising the stunned faces of the 24 players for whom every gut-wrenching hole had the atmosphere of the last in a major championship.’
    • ‘In battle, gut-wrenching fear was the dominant emotion.’
    • ‘She felt she had no other option; it was a gut-wrenching decision.’
    upsetting, worrying, affecting, painful, traumatic, agonizing, harrowing, tormenting
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