Variant of rend
- to tear, pull, or rip with violence: with from, off, away, etc.
- to tear, pull apart, rip up, or split with violence [a tree rent by lightning]: often used figuratively [a roar rends the air]
- to tear (one's clothing) to show grief, anguish, etc.
Origin: Middle English renden from Old English rendan, akin to Old Frisian renda from Indo-European base an unverified form rendh-, to tear apart from source rind, Sanskrit randhram, fissure, split
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