- causing intense anguish or sorrow.
Origin of heartbreaking
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Examples from the Web for heartbreaking
I mean, come on, this is the stuff of heartbreaking and hysterically funny reading, the two main ingredients for any great memoir.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
Her bouts with cancer—all three of them—were inspiring, heartbreaking, and, most of all, real.
The heartbreaking death of MTV reality TV personality Diem Brown proves the emotional necessity and value of the reality TV genre.
As Kaci Hickox treated patients in Sierra Leone, she faced the heartbreaking task of caring for children who died in front of her.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs
October 28, 2014
Appearing close to tears, however, Cameron said it would be “heartbreaking” if Scotland left the union.Anarchy for the U.K.? British Leaders Panicking Over Scottish Vote for Independence
September 10, 2014
The firmness of his manner, the gentleness, had a heartbreaking effect.The Law-Breakers
He gained it in a final, heartbreaking burst of speed on the part of his mount.The Coyote
It was heartbreaking to be there beside him and yet to feel myself so far away from him.Possessed
It seemed to her amazing that he should continue this heartbreaking quest.Colorado Jim
Then he began to laugh, and that laugh was the most heartbreaking thing in the world.Notre-Dame de Paris
- extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
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