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brokenhearted

[broh-kuh n-hahr-tid]
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adjective
  1. burdened with great sorrow, grief, or disappointment.
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Origin of brokenhearted

First recorded in 1520–30
Related formsbro·ken·heart·ed·ly, adverbbro·ken·heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms

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heartsick, heartbroken, despondent, dejected.
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  • Margaret was in the palace, where Peter had been to see her twice, and found her broken-hearted.

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • He was in the mood for it, being run-down and broken-hearted.

    People of Position

    Stanley Portal Hyatt

  • Albine, broken-hearted, died among her loved flowers in the Paradou.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • I should be a broken-hearted woman if I did, and you don't want that, do you?

  • Pete would be a broken-hearted man, perhaps a wreck, perhaps—who knows?

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for broken-hearted

brokenhearted

adjective
  1. overwhelmed by grief or disappointment
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Derived Formsbrokenheartedly, adverbbrokenheartedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for broken-hearted

adj.

also brokenhearted, 1520s, from broken + hearted. Related: Broken-heartedly; broken-heartedness.

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