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to cause (something) to separate into jagged pieces by violently pulling at it
  • the prophecy that the disaster would cause people to rend their garments in mourning

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tear, rip, rend, split, cleave, rive mean to separate forcibly. tear implies pulling apart by force and leaving jagged edges. tear up the letter rip implies a pulling apart in one rapid uninterrupted motion often along a line or joint. ripped the shirt on a nail rend implies very violent or ruthless severing or sundering. an angry mob rent the prisoner's clothes split implies a cutting or breaking apart in a continuous, straight, and usually lengthwise direction or in the direction of grain or layers. split logs for firewood cleave implies very forceful splitting or cutting with a blow. a bolt of lightning cleaved the giant oak rive occurs most often in figurative use. a political party riven by conflict

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The first known use of rend was before the 12th century

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“Rend.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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a plan in which a last survivor takes all

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