Definition of heartache in US English:



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