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torn

 (tôrn)
v.
Past participle of tear1.

torn

(tɔːn)
vb
1. the past participle of tear12
2. that's torn it slang Brit an unexpected event or circumstance has upset one's plans
adj
3. split or cut
4. divided or undecided, as in preference: he was torn between staying and leaving.

tear1

(tɪər)

n.
1. a drop of the saline, watery fluid continually secreted by the lacrimal glands between the surface of the eye and the eyelid.
2. a drop of this fluid appearing in or flowing from the eye as the result of emotion, esp. grief.
3. something resembling a tear, as a drop of a liquid or a tearlike mass of a solid substance.
4. tears,
a. grief; sorrow.
b. an act of weeping: bored to tears.
v.i.
5. (of the eyes) to fill up and overflow with tears.
Idioms:
in tears, weeping.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English teer, Old English tēar, tæher]

tear2

(tɛər)

v. tore, torn, tear•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to pull apart or in pieces by force; rend.
2. to pull or snatch violently; wrench away with force: to tear a book from someone's hands.
3. to divide or disrupt: a country torn by civil war.
4. to produce by rending: to tear a hole in one's coat.
5. to wound or injure by or as if by rending; lacerate: grief that tears the heart.
6. to remove by force or effort (often fol. by away): It was such an exciting lecture, I couldn't tear myself away.
v.i.
7. to become torn: The fabric tears easily.
8. to move or behave with force, violent haste, or energy: The wind tore through the trees; cars tearing up and down the highway.
9. tear at,
a. to pluck violently at.
b. to distress; afflict.
10. tear down,
a. to pull down; demolish.
b. to disparage or discredit.
11. tear into, to attack impulsively or viciously.
12. tear up,
a. to tear into small shreds.
b. to cancel or annul: to tear up a contract.
n.
13. the act of tearing.
14. a rent or fissure.
15. a rage or passionate outburst.
16. Informal. a spree.
Idioms:
tear it, Slang. to ruin all chances for a successful outcome.
[before 900; Middle English teren (v.), Old English teran, c. Old Frisian tera, Old Saxon terian, Old High German zeran, Greek dérein to flay]
tear′er, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.torn - having edges that are jagged from injurytorn - having edges that are jagged from injury
injured - harmed; "injured soldiers"; "injured feelings"
2.torn - disrupted by the pull of contrary forcestorn - disrupted by the pull of contrary forces; "torn between love and hate"; "torn by conflicting loyalties"; "torn by religious dissensions"
divided - separated into parts or pieces; "opinions are divided"

torn

adjective
1. cut, split, rent, ripped, ragged, slit, lacerated a torn photograph
2. undecided, divided, uncertain, split, unsure, wavering, vacillating, in two minds (informal), irresolute I know the administration was very torn on this subject.
Translations

torn

[ˈtɔːrn]
pp of tear
adj (= unable to choose) → partagé(e)
torn between → déchiré(e) entre

torn

pp de tear
References in classic literature ?
Part of the distance they rode in the car, and after disembarking, passed the Pontellier mansion, which looked broken and half torn asunder.
Graves bring solemn feelings over the mind," returned the scout, a good deal touched at the calm suffering of his companion; "and they often aid a man in his good intentions; though, for myself, I expect to leave my own bones unburied, to bleach in the woods, or to be torn asunder by the wolves.
This mournful scene exhibited a horror almost unparalleled: Some torn and eaten by wild beasts; those in the river eaten by fishes; all in such a putrified condition, that no one could be distinguished from another.
The wall-paper, as I said before, is torn off in spots, and it sticketh closer than a brother--they must have had perseverance as well as hatred.
The structure of ancient aristocracy had been demolished by him, even as if his childish gripe had torn down the seven-gabled mansion.
And yet a russet gown, torn and soiled with the child's rude play, made a picture of her just as perfect.