- (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.
But first he kissed the ordaining hands, anointed as they had been to cast out evil from the heart and to bind up its brokenness.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
It is this brokenness, and continued breaking down, that is expressed by the word contrition.Holy in Christ|Andrew Murray
One special want of the present moment is brokenness of spirit.The All-Sufficiency of Christ|Charles Henry Mackintosh
Our brokenness and openness must be two-way, horizontal as well as vertical, with one another as with God.The Calvary Road|Roy Hession
Nor was this submission the effect of content, but of mere stupefaction and brokenness of heart.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay