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[rend] /rɛnd/
verb (used with object), rent, rending.
to separate into parts with force or violence:
The storm rent the ship to pieces.
to tear apart, split, or divide:
racial tension that is rending the nation.
to pull or tear violently (often followed by away, off, up, etc.).
to tear (one's garments or hair) in grief, rage, etc.
to disturb (the air) sharply with loud noise.
to harrow or distress (the heart) with painful feelings.
verb (used without object), rent, rending.
to split or tear something.
to become torn or split.
Origin of rend
before 950; Middle English renden, Old English rendan; cognate with Old Frisian renda
Related forms
rendible, adjective
2. rive, sunder, sever, cleave, chop, fracture, rupture. See tear2 . Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for rended
Historical Examples
  • If they could have caught him they would have rended him limb from limb, so violent was their rage.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • On no other hypothesis can we account for the ferocity with which Johnson turned and rended him.

    Modern Essays John Macy
  • The church roof is of wood, and shingles of rended oak occupy the place of the usual tiles.

    Nooks and Corners of Cornwall C. A. Dawson Scott
  • Curiously enough the "Minga Bunch," the devil-may-care, unrestrained crowd had turned and rended its gay little leader.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • He turned on himself and rended his soul into shreds rather than join in the affirmations of recognised faith.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • But the slave had his moments alone, when the agony tore at his breast and rended him.

  • But his apathy was rended by a sudden fury—an instinct of hate—of cruelty insatiable.

  • None but a fiendish slaveholder could have rended an honest Christian heart in such a manner as this.

  • And then the timber crashed against the flimsy door; the rended boards flew across the room; the sod walls trembled to the shock.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • No lightning flash ever rended forest king from crest to root quicker than the transformation which now overspread the earth.

British Dictionary definitions for rended


verb rends, rending, rent
to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
(transitive) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
(transitive) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
(transitive) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)
Derived Forms
rendible, adjective
Word Origin
Old English rendan; related to Old Frisian renda
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Word Origin and History for rended



Old English rendan, hrendan "to tear, cut down," from West Germanic *randijanan (cf. Old Frisian renda "to cut, break," Middle Low German rende "anything broken," German Rinde "bark, crust"), probably related to rind. Related: Rended; rent; rending.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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