Definition of heart-strike in US English:

heart-strike

verb

  • with object To affect keenly or deeply with emotion (typically mental anguish or dismay). Usually in pass.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Ben Jonson (?1573–1637), poet and playwright. From heart + strike.

Pronunciation

heart-strike

/ˈhɑːtstrʌɪk/