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[hahrt-broh-kuh n] /ˈhɑrtˌbroʊ kən/
crushed with sorrow or grief.
Origin of heartbroken
First recorded in 1580-90; heart + broken
Related forms
heartbrokenly, adverb
heartbrokenness, noun Unabridged
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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


suffering from intense grief
Derived Forms
heartbrokenly, adverb
heartbrokenness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartbroken

1580s, present participle of heartbreak.

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