bleeding heart

noun

Definition of bleeding heart

  1. 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. 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

1864

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1864


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