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heartbroken

[hahrt-broh-kuh n] /ˈhɑrtˌbroʊ kən/
adjective
1.
crushed with sorrow or grief.
Origin of heartbroken
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; heart + broken
Related forms
heartbrokenly, adverb
heartbrokenness, noun
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Examples from the Web for heartbroken
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  • On the very threshold I stood arrested by that heartbroken cry of his.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • Am I not heartbroken and wretched, without a hope or a future?

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The Colonel was heartbroken, and the officers were savage and sullen.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • A third time he struggled, weary, heartbroken, over that trail.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Then came the reporters for copy which only this heartbroken woman could give.

    Susan B. Anthony Alma Lutz
British Dictionary definitions for heartbroken

heartbroken

/ˈhɑːtˌbrəʊkən/
adjective
1.
suffering from intense grief
Derived Forms
heartbrokenly, adverb
heartbrokenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartbroken
adj.

1580s, present participle of heartbreak.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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