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
Recent Examples on the Web Some of the heartache stemmed from honoring 14 seniors, fifth-year seniors and redshirt juniors before the game. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Towson men’s lacrosse lets 3-goal lead, spot in CAA tournament slip away in 12-11 loss to No. 13 Drexel," 1 May 2021 The incident — the third of its kind in the city in as many months — heaped more tragedy onto a city that has already experienced profound heartache. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "FedEx shooting 'a devastating blow' to an already grieving Indianapolis," 18 Apr. 2021 Noting that 36% of all apparel comes to the USA from China, this government action has caused extreme heartache in the retail and supply chain communities. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, "Does America Need A Fashion Czar?," 2 Mar. 2021 Nobody missed a shot to end the game for a crushing heartache. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A classic Final Four game between Gonzaga and UCLA was the perfect makeup gift we needed after no NCAA Tournament last year," 4 Apr. 2021 They were stunned for a different reason in Hinkle Fieldhouse, the victim of a more traditional March heartache. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "How this Alabama basketball season will be remembered," 31 Mar. 2021 Almost, for Byron Center What could have turned out to be a dream season for Bryon Center ended in heartache as the Bulldogs made their first state finals appearance. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "How the Novi Detroit CC JV hockey squad was the MVP of a Michigan Division 1 title," 28 Mar. 2021 The blame for some of the heartache should land partly on the vaccine distribution system, according to Carmel Shachar, the executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School. Washington Post, "Some people are lying to get the vaccine, and it’s testing their friendships," 22 Mar. 2021 As the eight-episode series makes clear, her singing talents were honed in the pews of her father's church, against a backdrop of pain and heartache. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Genius: Aretha' earns its respect with Cynthia Erivo's showstopping role," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Heartache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartache. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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