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English Dictionary: tearing by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
tearing
adj
  1. marked by extreme intensity of emotions or convictions; inclined to react violently; fervid; "fierce loyalty"; "in a tearing rage"; "vehement dislike"; "violent passions"
    Synonym(s): fierce, tearing, vehement, violent, trigger-happy
n
  1. shedding tears [syn: lacrimation, lachrymation, tearing, watering]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tear \Tear\ (t[acir]r), v. t. [imp. {Tore} (t[omac]r), ((Obs.
      {Tare}) (t[acir]r); p. p. {Torn} (t[omac]rn); p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Tearing}.] [OE. teren, AS. teran; akin to OS. farterian to
      destroy, D. teren to consume, G. zerren to pull, to tear,
      zehren to consume, Icel. t[91]ra, Goth. gata[a1]ran to
      destroy, Lith. dirti to flay, Russ. drate to pull, to tear,
      Gr. de`rein to flay, Skr. dar to burst. [fb]63. Cf. {Darn},
      {Epidermis}, {Tarre}, {Tirade}.]
      1. To separate by violence; to pull apart by force; to rend;
            to lacerate; as, to tear cloth; to tear a garment; to tear
            the skin or flesh.
  
                     Tear him to pieces; he's a conspirator. --Shak.
  
      2. Hence, to divide by violent measures; to disrupt; to rend;
            as, a party or government torn by factions.
  
      3. To rend away; to force away; to remove by force; to
            sunder; as, a child torn from its home.
  
                     The hand of fate Hath torn thee from me. --Addison.
  
      4. To pull with violence; as, to tear the hair.
  
      5. To move violently; to agitate. [bd]Once I loved torn
            ocean's roar.[b8] --Byron.
  
      {To tear a cat}, to rant violently; to rave; -- especially
            applied to theatrical ranting. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
      {To tear down}, to demolish violently; to pull or pluck down.
           
  
      {To tear off}, to pull off by violence; to strip.
  
      {To tear out}, to pull or draw out by violence; as, to tear
            out the eyes.
  
      {To tear up}, to rip up; to remove from a fixed state by
            violence; as, to tear up a floor; to tear up the
            foundation of government or order.
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