heart-sickness love


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sadness of heart; depression of spirits.


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  • "These intertwined, silken stories deftly expose the heart-sickness behind so many of the burnished surfaces of contemporary life," John Banville.

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  • But now for many days there has been pain and grief and heart-sickness hour by hour; and every hour have I dreaded the coming of the next hour, till I know not how to bear it.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • He was on the verge of one of those maladies for which medicine has no name, and of which the seat is in some degree variable, like the nervous system itself, the part most frequently attacked of the whole human machine, a malady which may be designated as the heart-sickness of the unfortunate.

    Le Colonel Chabert

  • It was almost in tears, so great was their heart-sickness and shame, that the brothers walked the remainder of the way to

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  • “You seem to be mightily in love with her, sir,” he said, with a sensation of heart-sickness, and more than ever resolved not to mention Grace by name.

    The Woodlanders

  • These held-back prickling, inappropriate, useless, hopeless tears as I sit at my desk , feeling exposed and uncomfortable in an open-plan office, blogging in my lunchbreak; this heart-sickness, soul-ache, for the sadness of things.

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  • Those languishing years would follow, of which none but the invalid and her immediate friends feel the heart-sickness and know the burden: consumption or decline would close the chapter.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Captain Wragge noticed these signs of heart-sickness and discontent with herself, after the effort she had made, and saw the importance of rousing her by speaking, for once, plainly and directly to the point.

    No Name

  • It did not prostrate — no, it stirred me up, running with haste and heat through my veins — recalling an hour of quick pain, many days and nights of heart-sickness.


  • But I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it.

    Mark Twain: A Biography


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