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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And your grandchildren will never know the firsthand heartache of repression. Alex Ward, Vox, "John Bolton just gave an “Axis of Evil” speech about Latin America," 1 Nov. 2018 These male voices sang of lost love, the heartache of breakups and pleas for a second chance. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Barry White’s Music of Love," 11 Oct. 2018 This is BTS at their angstiest, wallowing in the heartache of changing yourself so much for someone that your love is fake. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BTS' 50 Best Songs: Critics' Picks," 12 June 2018 Wife Goes To Release Gender Reveal Balloons As Her Husband Grabs Another Box For The Secret Twin Kelsie and Patrick’s journey to grow their family was not without its share of utter heartache. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "NEVER Scrub a Pot or Pan Again with This Simple Trick," 18 Aug. 2015 The Spinners front man on an effective coping mechanism for heartache: deny, deny, deny. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018 There was so much more heartache and uncertainty and devastation. Kara Wahlgreen, Good Housekeeping, "How Metastatic Breast Cancer Changed My Definition of “Hope”," 24 Sep. 2018 Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Joshua James Dwyer," 29 June 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," 31 May 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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