American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To tear or split apart or into pieces violently. See Synonyms at tear1.
- v. To tear (one's garments or hair) in anguish or rage.
- v. To tear away forcibly; wrest.
- v. To pull, split, or divide as if by tearing: "Chip was rent between the impulse to laugh wildly and a bitterness that threatened hot tears” ( Louis Auchincloss).
- v. To pierce or disturb with sound: a scream rent the silence.
- v. To cause pain or distress to: tales that rend the heart.
- v. To become torn or split; come apart.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; tear asunder; split.
- To remove or pluck away with violence; tear away.
- Synonyms Rip, Tear, Rend, Split, Cleave, Fracture, Chop. In garments we rip along the line at which they were sewed; we tear the texture of the cloth; we say, “It is not torn; it is only ripped.” More broadly, rip, especially with up, stands for a cutting open or apart with a quick, deep stroke: as, to rip up a body or a sack of meal. Rend implies great force or violence. To split is primarily to divide lengthwise or by the grain: as, to split wood. Cleave may be a more dignified word for split, or it may express a cutting apart by a straight, heavy stroke. Fracture may represent the next degree beyond cracking, the lightest kind of breaking, leaving the parts in place: as, a fractured bone or plate of glass; or it may be a more formal word for break. To chop is to cut apart with a heavy stroke, which is generally across the grain or natural cleavage, or through the narrow dimension of the material: chopping wood is thus distinguished from splitting wood.
- To be or to become rent or torn; become disunited; split; part asunder.
- To cause separation, division, or strife.
- An obsolete variant of ren.
- v. transitive To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst
- v. transitive To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
- v. intransitive To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst
- v. To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force.
- v. To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split.
- v. tear or be torn violently
- From Middle English renden, from Old English rendan ("to rend, tear, cut, lacerate, cut down"), from Proto-Germanic *hrandijanan (“to tear”), of uncertain origin. Believed by some to be the causitive of Proto-Germanic *hrindanan (“to push”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱret-, *kret- (“to hit, beat”), in which case would relate it to Old English hrindan ("to thrust, push"). Cognate with Scots rent ("to rend, tear"), Old Frisian renda ("to tear"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English renden, from Old English rendan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But let us not believe that the bad old days are so far behind us that racially driven violence could not once again rend our social fabric.”
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