bleeding heart

noun

Definition of bleeding heart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a garden plant (Dicentra spectabilis) of the fumitory family with racemes of usually deep pink or white drooping heart-shaped flowers broadly : any of several plants (genus Dicentra)
2 disparaging : a person who shows extravagant sympathy especially for an object of alleged persecution To question police practices in America is to plunge into a debate distorted by caricatures. Police defenders generally see critics as cop-hating bleeding hearts, while police critics often see cops as trigger-happy killers.— Ellis Cose

bleeding-heart

adjective
bleed·​ing-heart | \ ˈblē-diŋ-ˈhärt How to pronounce bleeding-heart (audio) \

Definition of bleeding-heart (Entry 2 of 2)

: feeling or showing excessive or extravagant sympathy especially for an object of alleged persecution used as a term of disparagement for people with politically liberal opinions … was often described as … a bleeding-heart liberal because he lent his name to so many left-wing groups.— Patricia Bosworth

First Known Use of bleeding heart

Noun

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Bleeding heart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleeding%20heart. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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