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[broh-kuh n-hahr-tid] /ˈbroʊ kənˈhɑr tɪd/
burdened with great sorrow, grief, or disappointment.
Origin of brokenhearted
First recorded in 1520-30
Related forms
brokenheartedly, adverb
brokenheartedness, noun
heartsick, heartbroken, despondent, dejected. Unabridged
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  • He was in the mood for it, being run-down and broken-hearted.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • My mother, broken-hearted by his loss, followed him within a few months.

    Capitola's Peril Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
  • Swagmen and broken-hearted new chums had met worse women than Mother Mac.

  • He is broken-hearted for the injury he has done you and your family, and he begs your forgiveness.

  • Oh, if only little Judy had stayed with me I should not feel as broken-hearted as I do at present.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for broken-hearted


overwhelmed by grief or disappointment
Derived Forms
brokenheartedly, adverb
brokenheartedness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for broken-hearted

also brokenhearted, 1520s, from broken + hearted. Related: Broken-heartedly; broken-heartedness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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