- despair; disillusionment; devastating sorrow, especially from disappointment in love.
Origin of broken heart
First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for broken heart
"Of a broken-heart, some of our old nurses told me," replied Oliver: more as if he were talking to himself than answering Noah.Dickens' Stories About Children Every Child Can Read
It is revealed to the king in a dream that his wife is innocent, but she soon dies of a broken-heart.
She died of the fever, too—that's some comfort; had she died of a broken-heart, I could not have forgiven myself.
"Quit twitting a man with his misfortunes," whined Montezuma, of the now broken-heart.