I'm looking for a noun that describes a person A, who loves person B, but person B doesn't reciprocate. Person A suffers because he or she can't have person B and is not interested in relationships with others.

The shorter the word, the better (ideally -- single word).

Sample use in a sentence:

It poured as if it rained tears of all people who suffered from unrequited love.

I need a substitute for people who suffered from unrequited love.


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Collins gives the meaning :

miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love

for the word 'lovelorn'.

Also, Cambridge

sad because the person you love does not love you

But note that both sources are defining the emotion (miserable and sad) of the recipient (or rather non-recipient). They are not defining the state of being in a situation of unrequited love itself.

However I think that the noun, the lovelorn, answers the OP as the question was about a 'person who suffers'.



A word that can be used for this situation is heartbreak, defined as

very great sadness and emotional suffering, especially after the end of a love affair or close relationship.

The corresponding adjective, heartbroken, fits your sample sentence perfectly, although the meaning is not restricted to unrequited love:

It poured as if it rained tears of all the heartbroken.


If you want a word that is less generalized, you should consider lovesick, defined as being

sad because the person you love does not love you.

In that case, your sample sentence would be as follows:

It poured as if it rained tears of all the lovesick.


If you're striving for a more modern / comedic tone, you could say "all the friendzoned people".


The first thing that sprang to mind was the simple approach: unrequited lovers:

It poured as if it rained tears of all the unrequited lovers.

"unrequited" (Collins) being an adjective, it can apply to the people whose love is unrequited.

Side note: I'd move the "the" in that from before the lovers to before the tears:

It poured as if it rained the tears of all unrequited lovers.

...but obviously that's a matter of style. With "the" before "unrequited lovers," I want something after, like "...in the world."


You suggested brevity — preferably a single word.

I think a single word won't quite capture your intent.

I suggest the short compound "[It poured as if it were raining for all] the unrequited lovelorn."

Note the suggested revision to the earlier part of the sentence. It's good, as you've written it, but I would edit it to this, for better syntax and brevity, if editing it.

// Steve in Toronto //

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