View synonyms for heartbreaking


[ hahrt-brey-king ]


  1. causing intense anguish or sorrow.

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  • heartbreaking·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of heartbreaking1

First recorded in 1600–10; heartbreak + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Kaufman is so tightly associated with a kind of brain-twisting, darkly comical metaphysical and existential style that it’s possible to talk about movies being “Kaufman-esque,” meaning they’re weird, a bit confusing, and usually pretty heartbreaking.

From Vox

It felt to Frailey like a heartbreaking and incomplete way to end a years-long relationship.

She said she found claims about the show’s environment to be “heartbreaking,” the trade publication said, citing unidentified sources.

From Fortune

It’s a heartbreaking conceit, but it’s hard to plan for a future that doesn’t feel guaranteed.

Personally, it is very frustrating and heartbreaking to hear their stories.

I mean, come on, this is the stuff of heartbreaking and hysterically funny reading, the two main ingredients for any great memoir.

Her bouts with cancer—all three of them—were inspiring, heartbreaking, and, most of all, real.

The heartbreaking death of MTV reality TV personality Diem Brown proves the emotional necessity and value of the reality TV genre.

As Kaci Hickox treated patients in Sierra Leone, she faced the heartbreaking task of caring for children who died in front of her.

They are as emotionally-wrought and heartbreaking as Davis describes.

Since January I have had two severe illnesses, my boy, and some heartbreaking anxiety over Fanny; and am only now convalescing.

It is heartbreaking to see them die here like dogs, with no one to say Godspeed.

He was interrupted by a cry, a single shrill, heartbreaking cry; and Philip fell senseless to the ground.

It was a long, discouraging, heartbreaking struggle by which he gained his first vantage-ground.

It is heartbreaking to see the thousands and thousands of bright-eyed boys and girls growing up amid such hopeless surroundings.