heart ache

heartache

[hahrt-eyk]
noun
emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache

heartaching, adjective
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heartache (ˈhɑːtˌeɪk)
 
n
intense anguish or mental suffering

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heartache
O.E. in the sense of a physical pain, c.1600 in sense of "anguish of mind;" from heart + ache. O.E. did, however, have heartsarnes "grief," lit. "heart-soreness."
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