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  1. great sorrow, grief, or anguish.
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Origin of heartbreak

First recorded in 1575–85; heart + break
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Related Words for heartbreak

heartache, pain, agony, sorrow, bitterness, grief, suffering, despair, torment, woe, remorse, anguish, regret, distress, torture, desolation, rue, affliction, bale, care

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Historical Examples of heartbreak

  • Neither was the heartbreak in his tone when he spoke of his boy.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I stayed to dinner next day in spite of my heartbreak and my sadness.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • To-day in my loneliness and heartbreak I care and hunger for her more than ever.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The letter was brief, containing a world of heartbreak and broken hopes.

  • The Chisera's whole appearance is of heartbreak and neglect.

    The Arrow-Maker

    Mary Austin

British Dictionary definitions for heartbreak


  1. intense and overwhelming grief, esp through disappointment in love
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Word Origin and History for heartbreak


1580s, from heart + break (n.). Related: Heartbreaking.

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