heart·​ache | \ ˈhärt-ˌāk How to pronounce heartache (audio) \

Definition of heartache

: anguish of mind : sorrow

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Examples of heartache in a Sentence

I've had more than my share of heartaches in my life. the heartache she felt when she saw the innocent victims of the war

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Through all the heartache and ups and downs, Turner has managed to come out the other side. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Tina Turner Says She Gets' Emotional' Talking About Abusive Ex-Husband Ike Turner: He 'Was Very Good To Me' Initially," 1 July 2019 The heartache of the women, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, is nothing but a cruel joke on them, and the bass-baritone, Don Alfonso, who harmonizes with them, is the cynical philosopher who has proposed the bet. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "‘Così’ in Coney," 27 Mar. 2018 In a hilarious behind-the-scenes video of their feature photoshoot for this month's cover of Harper's Bazaar, the trio tries to keep it together in spite of their heartache over the loss of their favorite show. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Literally No One Misses 'Game of Thrones' More Than the Jonas Brothers," 6 June 2019 Parents said the mistake caused heartache for some high-achieving eighth-graders whose top choice was New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan and who were rejected last month. ... Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Top New York City School Makes Big Admissions Error," 9 Apr. 2019 Venezuelan video director Daniel Durán led the stars and many background dancers through a story of heartache with a honey blonde Lopez at the center of the drama. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez Dumps Her Man, Declares 'I'm Going to Start My Life' in New Abraham Mateo Video: Watch," 21 Apr. 2018 The aforementioned heartache led him to write this total jam, so things can’t be all bad, right? Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Shawn Mendes's "If I Can't Have You" Is a Total Bop That Already Has a Music Video," 3 May 2019 Despite this portrait of a happy family, viewers know there’s heartache to come for the Frasers. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 Many wondered on Twitter when Beatrice will find love, especially after enduring public heartache. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Eugenie's single sister Beatrice gains sympathy from Twitter after royal engagement announcement," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of heartache

1578, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2019

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The first known use of heartache was in 1578

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English Language Learners Definition of heartache

: a strong feeling of sadness


heart·​ache | \ ˈhärt-ˌāk How to pronounce heartache (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartache

: sorrow entry 1 sense 1 He's suffered a great deal of heartache.

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