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heartbreaking

[hahrt-brey-king] /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing intense anguish or sorrow.
Origin of heartbreaking
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; heartbreak + -ing2
Related forms
heartbreakingly, adverb
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  • Not even with its terrible and heartbreakingly poignant beauty.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • They looked 14, but might have been as old as 16 or 17 and just heartbreakingly naive.

  • We almost regretted having had the chance that we so heartbreakingly lost.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for heartbreakingly

heartbreaking

/ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
Derived Forms
heartbreakingly, adverb
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