- (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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OTHER WORDS FROM brokenbro·ken·ly, adverbbro·ken·ness, nounhalf-broken, adjectivewell-broken, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for broken
Shoppers may prefer pristine surroundings, but cracked walls and broken windows tell more compelling stories.In the galleries: The Washington colorists and the CIA|Mark Jenkins|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Over the next few years, working on both sides of the Atlantic, Jerolmack and the rest of the team started plotting where real examples of broken rocks fell within Domokos’ framework.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology|Joshua Sokol|November 19, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Josh Elman, the famous tech investor, complained about a broken dryer back in April, and asked the Twitter hive mind whether he should get a new one or go through the pain of fixing it.Nana nabs $6M for an online academy and marketplace dedicated to appliance repair|Ingrid Lunden|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
For a team trying to win a broken NFC East and figure out who will be its quarterback for the next few years, he is an unknown.Alex Smith is the NFL’s best story, but Washington’s next few weeks are about Dwayne Haskins|Les Carpenter|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Grievous errors in the line of duty were laced with empathy for a broken officer.‘S.W.A.T.’ and other cop dramas are trying to tackle race. They could take a page from ‘This Is Us.’|Hank Stuever|November 10, 2020|Washington Post
And yet, her own brokenness over her failures is written in such a way that the audience is implicated in them.The Feminist Aesthetic of ‘Happy Valley’: A Refusal to Eroticize Violence Against Women|Batya Ungar-Sargon|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The brokenness of the political system drives the former, and helplessness drives the latter.
There is a brokenness in the utterance which makes it difficult to translate, but which is touchingly natural.Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew|John Monro Gibson
The foolishness would not be so noticeable if the Brokenness were not so hideous and genuine and actual and matter-of-course.I, Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
Conscious weakness, as a preparation for service, is one thing: brokenness is another.Parables of the Christ-life|I. Lilias Trotter
Our brokenness and openness must be two-way, horizontal as well as vertical, with one another as with God.
In order to break our wills to His, God brings us to the foot of the Cross and there shows us what real brokenness is.