Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Emotional anguish; sorrow. See Synonyms at regret.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Very sincere and difficult emotional problems or stress

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sorrow; anguish of mind; mental pang.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pain in or of the heart.
  • n. Sorrow; anguish of the mind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

Etymologies

From Middle English *hertache, from Old English *heortæċe, heortece ("heartache"), equivalent to heart +‎ ache. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lansens's portrait of a woman who hides behind the Kenmore as protection from life's heartache is earthy and primal in its pain. ...

    The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens: Book summary

  • Funny how people can spend money on cable or eating out or junk food or untold number of shoes or clothes or whatever, but then bulk or complain about paying for something that can actually help them. financial heartache is a necessity. student loan debt: Michelle, I'm a college professor who has been at this for just over 20 years.

    Color of Money Live

  • I just can't imagine any democrat voting for McCain in November – or writing in Hillary's name – that would doom our country to more of the same heartache from the past 7+ years.

    Poll: Obama gaining support with key Clinton demographics

  • And God knows how many other people were sitting in that church having also suffered heartache from a spouse's affair.

    Campaigning in Kentucky, Clinton hears sermon on infidelity

  • Who will tell us that unending and expanding prosperity with home values constantly rising and a citizenry always able to afford them is a fantasy that is bound to end in heartache for those who buy into it?

    mjh's blog — 2008 — February

  • The heartache is so hard - I think it is the unconditional love that is so hard to let go of.

    Requiem For Our Eric

  • Edna O'Brien talks about how her new book, Wild Decembers — in which heartache is prefigured by a tractor — fits in with her own "inner gnaw."

    Bringing Life to Life

  • Of course, I'd advise anyone buying in to be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster and a ton of near term heartache.

  • If a boy and a puppy might grow to manhood and doghood together; and together grow old, and so in due course die, many a heartache might be avoided.

    The Case of Old Drum: An Inspiring Story Every Dog Owner Should Know

  • And I think that her heartache was the same as mine;

    MsUnderestimated

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