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heartache

[hahrt-eyk] /ˈhɑrtˌeɪk/
noun
1.
emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.
Origin of heartache
1000
before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache
Related forms
heartaching, adjective
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  • He looked at his watch and was surprised at the hour, for he had nothing but a heartache to show for so much time.

  • True, there were hot days and restless nights, weary feet, and now and then a heartache.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • So John's marriage took place without his brother's presence, and John missed him and had a heartache about it.

    The Measure of a Man Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • War and suffering and heartache and trouble seemed a long, long way off.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In fact, it was just here that, in spite of the heartache, each found an odd satisfaction.

    Across the Years Eleanor H. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for heartache

heartache

/ˈhɑːtˌeɪk/
noun
1.
intense anguish or mental suffering
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Word Origin and History for heartache
n.

Old English heortece, in the sense of a physical pain; c.1600 in sense of "anguish of mind;" from heart + ache. Old English did, however, have heartsarnes "grief," literally "heart-soreness."

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