Definition of bleeding heart in English:

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bleeding heart



1 informal, derogatory A person considered to be excessively soft-hearted or liberal: [as modifier]: bleeding-heart environmentalists
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  • It is the realm of everyday life in which we live that is dismissed by economists as the realm of the bleeding hearts.
  • They have gotten rid of all of their poor and all of their ghettos and didn't have to spend any money or listen to any bleeding hearts.
  • Some bleeding hearts say, oh, my, so many players took steroids, it isn't fair to single out Bonds.
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2Any of a number of plants which have red, or partly red, heart-shaped flowers.
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  • Plants, such as coral bells and fringed bleeding heart, will produce flowers all season, especially if they are regularly picked.
  • Seeds of most hardy perennials, including bleeding hearts, columbines, phlox, and primulas, require a period of chilling to germinate.
  • The roses were in full bloom along with the lilies, bleeding hearts, tulips, and dandelions.
3 (also bleeding heart dove) A dove with an oval red patch on the breast, found on islands around the Philippines.
  • Genus Gallicolumba, family Columbidae: several species
Example sentences
  • For $15 you can get a nice bleeding heart dove, but that might be a poor choice for a conservative amour.
  • Parrots, parakeets, bleeding heart doves, cuckoos, owls and large amounts of small birds can still be seen.
  • When the bleeding heart dove flies into the cathedral's windows and falls out of favor with the skies, this is no accident; what it is is the manner in which symbols will make themselves known to us.
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