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rend

verb \ˈrend\

: to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence

rent \ˈrent\ also rend·ed \ˈren-dəd\ rend·ing

Full Definition of REND

transitive verb
1
:  to remove from place by violence :  wrest
2
:  to split or tear apart or in pieces by violence
3
:  to tear (the hair or clothing) as a sign of anger, grief, or despair
4
a :  to lacerate mentally or emotionally
b :  to pierce with sound
c :  to divide (as a nation) into contesting factions
intransitive verb
1
:  to perform an act of tearing or splitting
2
:  to become torn or split

Examples of REND

  1. They rent the cloth to shreds.
  2. mourners rending their clothes in grief

Origin of REND

Middle English, from Old English rendan; akin to OldFrisian renda to tear and perhaps to Sanskrit randhra hole
First Known Use: before 12th century

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