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Rend or rent

To rend something is to rip it into pieces. It changes to rent in the past tense and in the (uncommon) past participle. Rend has a figurative definition of tearing as well, which allows for a heart to rend in literature and for a sound to rend the air. The word can also be used without an object.

Rend is an old word with its first known use being before the twelfth century.


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Examples

If we’re talking a physical match between the two, the Alien would tear the Predator to pieces. The Alien would rend [the Predator] limb from limb. [Yahoo Movies]

Chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ rent the air as the city residents welcomed Lord Ganesh with pomp and fervour on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on Friday. [Times of India]

It was at the very end that the onlookers exploded into thunderous applause and rent the air with a cheer that marked the highest point of the day’s enthusiasm. [Redsox]

When the ark of God was taken by the Philistines, and the two sons of Eli were slain, that there ran a man out of the army to Shiloh with his garments rent and dust upon his head (1 Sam. 4:11, 12), signified mourning over lost Divine truth and Divine good; for, as the ark represented the Lord’s kingdom, and in the supreme sense the Lord Himself, and hence the holy of the church, the rent garments signified mourning over lost Divine truth; and dust upon the head, over lost Divine good. [Bible Meanings]

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  1. It is also used in the phrase is for a sound to rend the air.

    think there is an extra “is” in this sentence

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  2. Charles Gaskell says:

    I like the phrase “rent asunder”

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