- 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.
- to split or tear something.
- to become torn or split.
Origin of rend
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Examples from the Web for rended
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
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
- to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
- (tr) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
- (tr) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
- (tr) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)
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.