verb (used with object), rent, rend·ing.
verb (used without object), rent, rend·ing.
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Origin of rend
synonym study for rend
OTHER WORDS FROM rendrend·i·ble, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for rend
But the slave had his moments alone, when the agony tore at his breast and rended him.The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories|Paul Laurence Dunbar
None but a fiendish slaveholder could have rended an honest Christian heart in such a manner as this.The Story of Mattie J. Jackson|L. S. Thompson
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.
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