Yet many zombies exist in an advanced state of decomposition, and lack the strength to rend and devour for themselves.
I felt the mangling of the appetites Of the black panthers, of the savage kites, That were so fain to rend and pick my flesh.
They are the great problem of mankind; they rend the heart with pity.
And did you see that, at her first words, the veils that covered her began to rend?
There's that in his heart which can tear and rend; and there's that which can build.
It was the lion Androcles had met in the desert, and the grateful animal would not rend his benefactor.
Then would the voice especially claim us for its prey, and rend us all to pieces.
rend an ox with thy teeth, worry a hog with thy mouth, tear a lamb or a hare in pieces, and fall on and eat it alive as they do.
They bear our name; how could he understand the divisions that rend us asunder?
His agents deceive us; they make treaties and do not keep them; they lie to us, and then we turn upon and rend them.
Old English rendan, hrendan "to tear, cut down," from West Germanic *randijanan (cf. Old Frisian renda "to cut, break," Middle Low German rende "anything broken," German Rinde "bark, crust"), probably related to rind. Related: Rended; rent; rending.