He turned on himself and rended his soul into shreds rather than join in the affirmations of recognised faith.
The church roof is of wood, and shingles of rended oak occupy the place of the usual tiles.
If they could have caught him they would have rended him limb from limb, so violent was their rage.
Curiously enough the "Minga Bunch," the devil-may-care, unrestrained crowd had turned and rended its gay little leader.
On no other hypothesis can we account for the ferocity with which Johnson turned and rended him.
No lightning flash ever rended forest king from crest to root quicker than the transformation which now overspread the earth.
But the slave had his moments alone, when the agony tore at his breast and rended him.
The curtain is not rended, and the enemy (p. 251) rolls towards the heart of Pennsylvania.
But his apathy was rended by a sudden fury—an instinct of hate—of cruelty insatiable.
And then the timber crashed against the flimsy door; the rended boards flew across the room; the sod walls trembled to the shock.
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.