bleeding heart


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


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

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1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Bleeding heart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bleeding-heart

disapproving : feeling too much sympathy for people in society who you think do not deserve sympathy or help

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