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- v. Present participle of rend.
- adj. that rends
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. resembling a sound of violent tearing as of something ripped apart or lightning splitting a tree
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I would just like to add the idea of rending our garments & gnashing our teeth.
The heavy felt druggets were about as plastic as blotting paper and I derived little comfort from them until I hit upon the idea of rending them into strips.
This may well be called the rending of another veil.
These and other doleful cries might have been heard two hundred yards from the house; and they were accompanied by the most frantic expressions of grief, such as rending garments, tearing the hair, thumping the face and eyes, burning the body with small piercing firebrands, beating the head with stones till the blood ran, and this they called an "offering of blood" for the dead.
Fortunately death saved him from the "rending" which is the portion of so many innovators and discoverers.
A kind of rending and widening process seemed to be going on within her own nature.
He now divined why his comrade had gone out twice during the week, and he felt within him a burning grief, a kind of wound, that sense of rending which is caused by treason.
From the sounds of growling and rending which issued from the thicket, he knew that the lion in question was devouring part of their buffalo-meat which had been hung on the branch of a neighbouring tree, not, however, near enough to the fires to be visible.
I have always appreciated that idea of "rending" the heart.
"rending" which is the portion of so many innovators and discoverers.
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