Definition of heart-piercing in English:

heart-piercing

adjective

  • 1Of a weapon or blow: that pierces, or is intended to pierce, the heart.

  • 2Figurative. Having an intense effect on the emotions; deeply moving. Also (of an emotion): keenly felt.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Edmund Spenser (?1552–1599), poet and administrator in Ireland. From heart + piercing.

Pronunciation

heart-piercing

/ˈhɑːtˌpɪəsɪŋ/