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rend

  
  ( rends    3rd person present)   ( rending    present participle)   ( rent    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   To rend something means to tear it.  
LITERARY   ...pain that rends the heart.      V n  
...a twisted urge to rend and tear.      V  
2       verb   If a loud sound rends the air, it is sudden and violent.  
LITERARY   He bellows, rends the air with anguish.      V n  
3   
    heart-rending  
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rend

  
1    break, burst, cleave, crack, dissever, disturb, divide, fracture, lacerate, pierce, pull, rip, rive, rupture, separate, sever, shatter, smash, splinter, split, sunder     (literary)   tear, tear to pieces, wrench  
2    afflict, anguish, break, distress, hurt, lacerate, pain, pierce, stab, torment, wound, wring  

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