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heartache

[hahrt-eyk]
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noun
  1. emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.

Origin of heartache

before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache
Related formsheart·ach·ing, adjective
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  • At the end of that time I shall have finished my reading—yes, we will do it, and this heartaching will be over.

    The Return of the Native

    Thomas Hardy


British Dictionary definitions for heartaching

heartache

noun
  1. intense anguish or mental suffering
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Word Origin and History for heartaching

heartache

n.

Old English heortece, in the sense of a physical pain; c.1600 in sense of "anguish of mind;" from heart + ache. Old English did, however, have heartsarnes "grief," literally "heart-soreness."

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