Synonyms of tear in English:


Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘bear’


  • 1 I tore up the letter
    rip up, rip in two, pull apart, pull to pieces, shred
  • 2 her tights were torn by the rough concrete
    rip, ladder, snag
  • 3 his flesh was torn
    lacerate, cut (open), cut to pieces, cut to ribbons, gash, slash, scratch, claw, mangle, mutilate, hack, pierce, stab;
    injure, wound
  • 4 the traumas have torn her family apart
    divide, split, split down the middle, sever, break apart, disunite, rupture
    literary rend, rip asunder, cleave
    [Antonyms] unite, unify
  • 5 Gina tore the book from his hands
    snatch, grab, seize, rip, wrench, wrest, pull, pluck
    informal yank
  • 6 I was torn by guilt
    torment, torture, rack, harrow, wring, lacerate
    literary rend
  • 7 informal Jack tore down the street
    sprint, race, run, dart, rush, dash, hasten, hurry, scurry, scuttle, scamper, hare, bolt, bound, fly, gallop, career, charge, pound, shoot, hurtle, speed, streak, flash, whizz, zoom, sweep, go like lightning, go hell for leather, go like the wind
    informal pelt, scoot, hotfoot it, leg it, belt, zip, whip, go like a bat out of hell, step on it, get a move on, get cracking, put on some speed, stir one's stumps
    British informal go like the clappers, bomb, bucket
    Scottish informal wheech
    North American informal boogie, hightail it, barrel, get the lead out
    informal , dated cut along
    archaic post, hie
    [Antonyms] stroll, amble
  • Phrases

    tear something down

    they tore down the old barn
    [Antonyms] build, erect
    demolish, knock down, pull down, raze, raze to the ground, flatten, level, bulldoze;

    tear into someone

    their tyrannical father tore into all of his sons
    attack, assail, hit, strike, let fly at, lay into, lash out at, set about, set upon, fall on, turn on, assault, beat, thrash, pound, pummel, wallop, hammer, pounce on, round on, pelt, drub;
    rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
    informal lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, get stuck into, paste, do over, knock about/around, rough up
    British informal have a go at

    tear someone off a strip

    British informal
    we are more at ease tearing our partner off a strip than telling them how much we value them
    reprimand, rebuke, scold, admonish, reprove, upbraid, chastise, chide, censure, castigate, lambaste, berate, lecture, criticize, take to task, read the Riot Act to, haul over the coals
    informal tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, bawl out, pitch into, lay into, lace into, blow up at, give someone a piece of one's mind, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking
    British informal have a go at, carpet, give someone what for, let someone have it
    North American informal chew out, ream out
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking


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  • there was a tear in her dress
    rip, hole, split, rent, cut, slash, slit;
    ladder, run, snag
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    Synonyms of tear in English:


    Pronunciation: rhymes with ‘fear’


  • 1 tears ran down her cheeks
  • Phrases

    in tears

    he was so hurt by her attitude he was nearly in tears
    tearful, upset;
    Scottish greeting

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    lachrymal relating to tears
    lachrymose inducing tears

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