heart·ache | \ˈhärt-ˌāk \

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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Still reeling from the loss, Maya gets a second dose of heartache when her boyfriend, Whit, breaks up with her just as the two are planning their first sexcapade. Susan Kaplan Carlton, BostonGlobe.com, "Meredith Goldstein is growing love in a lab," 22 June 2018 The Bruins have experienced lots of heartache for a program boasting a record 28 Series appearances and 11 NCAA championships, having fallen short in each of their last three trips to college softball’s biggest stage. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "UCLA has some 'unfinished business' after three straight trips to Women's College World Series without a title," 30 May 2018 Far from straight love songs, the tracks are tinged in heartache. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Sam Hunt's Love Story With His Wife, Hannah Lee Fowler," 16 May 2018 One of the most extraordinary players of this or any era is close to suffering heartache once more. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Messi's misery evident as Argentina suffers devastating 3-0 loss to Croatia at World Cup," 21 June 2018 One source close to the cast told Closer Weekly that the two women weren’t the only ones to endure heartache while filming. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "'Golden Girls' star Betty White vividly recalled her great love's passing while filming touching scene, says director," 10 May 2018 That same year, Gracey would suffer more heartache at the hands of his church. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses break silence on shunning: 'My mother treats me like I'm dead'," 18 Mar. 2018 The Birmingham Police Department's South Precinct is launching an initiative this weekend aimed at saving lives and sparing area families more heartache. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Birmingham police to give away gun locks in South Precinct public housing communities," 9 Feb. 2018 All my troubles, my tribulations, heartaches will be over. New York Times, "‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life," 13 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of heartache

: a strong feeling of sadness


heart·ache | \ˈhärt-ˌāk \

Kids Definition of heartache

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

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