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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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  • Margaret was in the palace, where Peter had been to see her twice, and found her broken-hearted.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • He was in the mood for it, being run-down and broken-hearted.

    People of Position Stanley Portal Hyatt
  • Albine, broken-hearted, died among her loved flowers in the Paradou.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • I should be a broken-hearted woman if I did, and you don't want that, do you?

  • Pete would be a broken-hearted man, perhaps a wreck, perhaps—who knows?

    The Manxman Hall Caine
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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