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heartache

[hahrt-eyk] /ˈhɑrtˌeɪk/
noun
1.
emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English hert ache, Old English heort ece; see heart, ache
Related forms
heartaching, adjective
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  • Challenge and criticism produces nothing but heartache.
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  • 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

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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