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[hahrt-eyk] /ˈhɑrtˌeɪk/
emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.
Origin of heartache
before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache
Related forms
heartaching, adjective Unabridged
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  • Usually they are sick for a long time, months of sorrow and heartache.
  • But, billions of dollars and much heartache later, it is ready.
  • But now it's gathering dust, and maybe even causing you heartache.
  • Challenge and criticism produces nothing but heartache.
  • My heart goes out to all the families who are going through the heartache of having a loved one afflicted w/ bipolar disorder.
  • No one watched the show to see favorite characters face challenges, overcome diseases or feel heartache.
  • Friends since their teens, they have all had their fair share of heartache and tragedy, joy and success.
  • My hacking escapades ended up costing me over five years of my life in prison and causing my loved ones tremendous heartache.
  • He emerged wearing an olive suit and white shoes and feeling heartache beneath his ever-present smile.
  • She gave up on her marriage, and so asks why should anyone marry and risk the disruption and heartache that its failure cause.
British Dictionary definitions for heartache


intense anguish or mental suffering
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartache

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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