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[hahrt-breyk] /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪk/
great sorrow, grief, or anguish.
Origin of heartbreak
First recorded in 1575-85; heart + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Neither was the heartbreak in his tone when he spoke of his boy.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I stayed to dinner next day in spite of my heartbreak and my sadness.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • To-day in my loneliness and heartbreak I care and hunger for her more than ever.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The letter was brief, containing a world of heartbreak and broken hopes.

    The Day Time Stopped Moving Bradner Buckner
  • The Chisera's whole appearance is of heartbreak and neglect.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for heartbreak


intense and overwhelming grief, esp through disappointment in love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartbreak

1580s, from heart + break (n.). Related: Heartbreaking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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