- v separate or cause to separate abruptly
- v to separate or be separated by force
planks were in danger of being torn from the crossbars
- v move quickly and violently
- v strip of feathers
- v fill with tears or shed tears
- s having edges that are jagged from injury
- s disrupted by the pull of contrary forces
torn between love and hate
torn by conflicting loyalties
torn by religious dissensions
- A blood transfusion could save him, but his wife, torn between her husband's life and their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses--a religious community that prohibits transfusions .
- Mention Albania, and you are likely to remember little more than the scenes of hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing there from war-torn Kosovo in 1999.
- Corbis The X-ray of an ankle with a torn Achilles tendon will generally be normal, but simply examining the patient makes the diagnosis quite easy.
- Jon Stewart in ktla 5
These past three and a half months have been very tough. The town was torn apart by a bitter writer's strike, but I'm happy to say that the fight is over,Stewart said. "So tonight, welcome to the makeup sex."
- Pope Benedict XVI in The Epoch Times Ireland
Nothing positive comes from Iraq, torn apart by continual slaughter as the civil population flees,the Pope said.
- LaDainian Tomlinson in International Herald Tribune
It's definitely torn,Tomlinson said after sitting out Wednesday's practice. "I can't really elaborate on it because I don't want to give too much information away."