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[rend] /rɛnd/
verb (used with object), rent, rending.
1.
to separate into parts with force or violence:
The storm rent the ship to pieces.
2.
to tear apart, split, or divide:
racial tension that is rending the nation.
3.
to pull or tear violently (often followed by away, off, up, etc.).
4.
to tear (one's garments or hair) in grief, rage, etc.
5.
to disturb (the air) sharply with loud noise.
6.
to harrow or distress (the heart) with painful feelings.
verb (used without object), rent, rending.
7.
to split or tear something.
8.
to become torn or split.
Origin of rend
950
before 950; Middle English renden, Old English rendan; cognate with Old Frisian renda
Related forms
rendible, adjective
Synonyms
2. rive, sunder, sever, cleave, chop, fracture, rupture. See tear2 .
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  • 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.

    Silverpoints John Gray
  • 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.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • 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.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • 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?

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • His agents deceive us; they make treaties and do not keep them; they lie to us, and then we turn upon and rend them.

    Through Apache Lands R. H. Jayne
British Dictionary definitions for rend

rend

/rɛnd/
verb rends, rending, rent
1.
to tear with violent force or to be torn in this way; rip
2.
(transitive) to tear or pull (one's clothes, etc), esp as a manifestation of rage or grief
3.
(transitive) (of a noise or cry) to disturb (the air, silence, etc) with a shrill or piercing tone
4.
(transitive) to pain or distress (the heart, conscience, etc)
Derived Forms
rendible, adjective
Word Origin
Old English rendan; related to Old Frisian renda
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Word Origin and History for rend
v.

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.

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