Definition of heartache in English:



  • [mass noun] Emotional anguish or grief, typically caused by the loss or absence of someone loved.

    ‘the familiar pang of heartache’
    [count noun] ‘a good friend understands your heartaches as well as your joys’
    • ‘There's been a lot of pain and heartache, but since we came home, I've seen such a change in him.’
    • ‘Days of heartache and suffering were now primed to pay off in the form of unlimited free food.’
    • ‘How do you condense 11 years of fun and love and heartache, worries and accomplishments into a few words?’
    • ‘Along with her family she moves to increasingly cramped quarters, suffering heartache and death.’
    • ‘The mind boggles at the possibilities, but the pain, heartache, and loss is still there.’
    • ‘Now I was trembling not only from the cold, but also from the pain and heartache that no one could repair.’
    • ‘It was a learning experience and it involved a lot of heartache and pain on both their parts.’
    • ‘Those who have had to live through that pain and heartache know what I am talking about.’
    • ‘As a result the lovers had to suffer much heartache and humiliation before they could be together.’
    • ‘We were a one-man army on a one-man mission; causing heartache and grief to the ones we loved.’
    • ‘The only true emotions are heartache and misery and I will not put myself at risk of those again.’
    • ‘I say this, even though this was the time I suffered severe heartaches and love tragedies of such great scale that my poor innocent heart could barely cope with the betrayal.’
    • ‘Although his lyrics of love and heartache belie his teenage years, Mario is still striving for his own unique sound.’
    • ‘It would have saved me the pain and heartache, but it would also have left me in my little bubble of idealism.’
    • ‘They may then decide to abort the baby, as they may not want it to endure any pain, heartache or suffering.’
    • ‘And hers was only one of thousands of stories of loss and heartache gathered in the spring sunshine.’
    • ‘More complications ensue for black sailor Johnny who finds love and heartache in London docklands.’
    • ‘All they were interested in was causing as much misery and heartache for the residents as possible.’
    • ‘We would know the grief and heartache of their families and colleagues.’
    • ‘Deep in her eyes, she had heartache, pain, and anger swirling together in a destructive mass.’
    anguish, grief, suffering, distress, unhappiness, misery, sorrow, sadness, heartbreak, pain, hurt, agony, angst, wretchedness, despondency, despair, woe, desolation, torment, torture
    anxiety, worry
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