bleedingheart

bleeding heart

noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, especially D. spectabilis, a common garden plant having long, one-sided clusters of rose or red heart-shaped flowers.
2.
a person who makes an ostentatious or excessive display of pity or concern for others.

Origin:
1685–95

bleeding-heart, adjective
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bleeding heart
 
n
1.  any of several plants of the genus Dicentra, esp the widely cultivated Japanese species D. spectabilis, which has finely divided leaves and heart-shaped nodding pink flowers: family Fumariaceae
2.  informal
 a.  a person who is excessively softhearted
 b.  (as modifier): a bleeding-heart liberal

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bleeding heart
type of flowering plant, so called from 1690s. In the sense of "person excessively sympathetic" (esp. toward those the speaker deems not to deserve it) is attested by 1951, but said by many to have been popularized with reference to liberals (especially Eleanor Roosevelt) in 1930s by newspaper columnist
Westbrook Pegler (1894-1969), though quotations are wanting; bleeding in a figurative sense of "generous" is from late 16c., but the exact image here may be of the "bleeding heart of Jesus."
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