from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Preying on the heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preying on the heart; distressing to the mind or affections: as, heart-eating cares or sorrows.


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  • A fancy sword is needed to get rid of a polar bear heart-eating monstrosity, once human.

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  • I wonder why that heart-eating scene didn't make it into the film.

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  • When the patient of himself is not able to resist, or overcome these heart-eating passions, his friends or physician must be ready to supply that which is wanting.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • They live solitary, alone, sequestered from all company but heart-eating melancholy; and for want of meat, must eat that bread of affliction, prey upon themselves.

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  • It is believed that Timberlake learnt this heart-eating technique on a recent visit to Papua in Indonesia.

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  • The more I think about the heart-eating idea, the more I like it.

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  • I think we can get behind a little human sacrifice and heart-eating to support the war.

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  • She had only gazed out, keeping the vigil with a white face that was beginning to wear the drawn, heart-eating anxiety of the mountain woman; the woman whose code demands that she stand loyally to her clan's hatreds; the woman who has none of the man's excitement in stalking human game, which is also stalking him; the woman who must only stay at home and imagine a thousand terrors

    The Call of the Cumberlands

  • There is not a dull page in this short book; and often as the obsession of gambling has been represented in fiction, I do not at this moment remember any other story where the fierce, consuming power of this heart-eating passion has been more powerfully pictured.

    Essays on Russian Novelists

  • Two or three of the stories that I have noted down on the gruesome subject of heart-eating have been given above.

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