- (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.
- broiler house,
- broken arrow,
- broken coal,
- broken consort,
- broken field,
- broken heart
Examples from the Web for brokenness
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
late 14c., past participle adjective from break (v.). Broken record in reference to someone continually repeating the same thing is from 1944, in reference to scratches on records that cause the needle to jump back and repeat.
When Britain's Minister of State, Selwyn Lloyd[,] became bored with a speech by Russia's Andrei Vishinsky in UN debate, he borrowed a Dizzy Gillespie bebop expression and commented: "Dig that broken record." While most translators pondered the meaning, a man who takes English and puts it into Chinese gave this translation: "Recover the phonograph record which you have discarded." ["Jet," Oct. 15, 1953]