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heartache

[hahrt-eyk] /ˈhɑrtˌeɪk/
noun
1.
emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.
Origin of heartache
1000
before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache
Related forms
heartaching, 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.

British Dictionary definitions for heartaching

heartache

/ˈhɑːtˌeɪk/
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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