bleeding heart

noun

Definition of bleeding heart

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

Definition of bleeding-heart

: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

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