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

Definition of heartache

: anguish of mind : sorrow

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
Recent Examples on the Web Because in that world of the missing in America, the one with so many questions, so few answers and so much frustration and heartache... Dateline Nbc, NBC News, 27 July 2022 In part, Michael’s reaction stems from personal heartache, having recently been dumped by his partner of 17 years. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 July 2022 Speaking of Wanda, Earth-838 has a Wanda who never had to go through the same heartache as primary Wanda. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 July 2022 Probably left this earth with that disappointment and heartache — that unsung heart song, as Arthur Miller says. Robin Rose Parker, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 Hijinks ensue, but the book is mainly a slow series of emotional nudges, with its two central figures both easing out of lingering heartache and taking their time to heal before embarking on romance again. David Sims, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 At the heart of Kamala Khan is a young girl deciding what her values are, where religion fits (and doesn’t) into her life and how generations of heartache dovetail with her story. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 13 July 2022 Give or Take fortunately boasts several songs worthy of that voice, with accounts of romance, heartache and the trials of success framed as a discussion with his mother, who proudly checks in on an opening voice memo. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 24 June 2022 From this leafy suburb along Chicago’s North Shore, residents had watched as mass shootings cast a deadly scourge from coast to coast, leaving a relentless pall of havoc and heartache in their wake. Susan Berger, Washington Post, 9 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heartache

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heartache was in 1578

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10 Aug 2022

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“Heartache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartache. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for heartache


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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