To separate into parts with force or sudden violence; to tear asunder; to split; to burst (verb)
To part or tear off forcibly; to take away by force. (verb)
To be rent or torn; to become parted; to separate; to split. (verb)
Examples of word rend
But let us not believe that the bad old days are so far behind us that racially driven violence could not once again rend our social fabric.
In this passage, Oothoon's rhetoric of purity and defilement reveals her unwitting capitulation to Theotormon's ascetic dualism (which opposes chastity to harlotry), while her use of the verb "rend" in her instruction to Theotormon's eagles implies, most appallingly, an invited repetition of Bromion's act of rape.
I wanted to beat back at him, smash flesh and bone'tear" rend" Perhaps the physical weakness left from our long ride was our salvation at that moment.
I thought they were extinct .... beware the left loons of your party, they will turn and rend you like the wild beasts they are!!!!
We all need to honor Senator Kennedy by using our utterances and actions to mend an America which some would rather see rend asunder. center left