[hahrt-eyk] /ˈhɑrtˌeɪk/

emotional pain or distress; sorrow; grief; anguish.
intense anguish or mental suffering

Old English heortece, in the sense of a physical pain; c.1600 in sense of “anguish of mind;” from heart + ache. Old English did, however, have heartsarnes “grief,” literally “heart-soreness.”


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