meaning of bleeding heart

bleeding heart meaning in Etymology Dictionary

variety of flowering plant, so named from 1690s. In the feeling of "person exceedingly sympathetic" (especially toward those the speaker deems not to ever deserve it) is attested by 1951, but stated by many people to possess already been popularized with reference to liberals (especially Eleanor Roosevelt) in 1930s by newspaper columnist Westbrook Pegler (1894-1969), though quotations are desiring; bleeding in a figurative sense of "generous" is from late 16c., and also the notion of one's heart bleeding as a figure of mental anguish is from belated 14c., but the exact image right here may be the "bleeding heart of Jesus."

bleeding heart meaning in General Dictionary

garden plant having deep-pink sagging heart-shaped blossoms

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  • someone who is extremely sympathetic toward those who claim to be exploited or underprivileged