- 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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Related Words for rendingrive, divide, rip, break, slit, split, sever, sunder, wrest, cut, disintegrate, pierce, fracture, crack, disrupt, separate, lacerate, shatter, disturb, rupture
Examples from the Web for rending
Contemporary Examples of rending
“Heche's scenes with Depp have a rending poignancy,” Rolling Stone reviewed.Mob Wives of Hollywood
April 22, 2011
Historical Examples of rending
She managed it with difficulty between the convulsions that were rending her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
By a rending effort of the will he woke the rest of the room up.Howards End
E. M. Forster
There was a cracking and rending of timbers, and the water rushed in.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
It's the devil that has entered into his heart and is rending him.The Manxman
With a rending crash it gave, and they fell sprawling into the cabin.
- 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 for rend
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.