Part of speech: noun

Mental anguish; grief.

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Usage examples "heartache":

  1. Only he himself knew the heartache, the loneliness, the almost unbearable longing of the past winter months while Billy had lived at Hillside; and only he himself knew now the almost overwhelming joy that was his because of what he thought he saw in Billy's changed attitude toward himself. - "Miss Billy", Eleanor H. Porter.
  2. Suddenly Ellen Brewster and her own heartache and longing came to the front. - "The Portion of Labor", Mary E. Wilkins Freeman.
  3. 6. Heartache 7. If he were ill with-. - "Games For All Occasions", Mary E. Blain.