- (of a relationship) split apart; not intact: a broken marriage.
- (of a family) disunited or divided by the prolonged or permanent absence of a parent, usually due to divorce or desertion: a child from a broken home; broken families.
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His surprise marriage to theater director Sophie Hunter may have broken hearts, but the squeals of delight were even louder.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt|Melissa Leon|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A grand jury investigated but found Foster had broken no law.
How many husbands, wives, sons, and daughters have we lost to a broken system?Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And besides, as a nation, we hold this truth to be self-evident: resolutions are made to be broken.
Instead of lights and gifts, this one is filled with broken promises and guilt.
I flourished it before him, and pointed with one hand to the broken desk, which he had not yet observed in his craven agitation.
The Cross has broken all the chains which once bound him to earth.Elijah the Tishbite|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Broken in health and in fortune, he went to Colorado in 1879, where he remained seven years.Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847-1865|Ward Hill Lamon
When he fails to get an answer to his call he'll think that this huge snow has broken down the wire.The Hosts of the Air|Joseph A. Altsheler
The song and the dance are broken off, never to be resumed, when the staid footfall of the lady is heard approaching.Milton|Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh