causing intense anguish or sorrow.

Origin of heartbreaking

First recorded in 1600–10; heartbreak + -ing2
Related formsheart·break·ing·ly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of heartbreakingly

Historical Examples of heartbreakingly

  • We almost regretted having had the chance that we so heartbreakingly lost.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • Not even with its terrible and heartbreakingly poignant beauty.

    Shock Treatment

    Stanley Mullen

  • They looked 14, but might have been as old as 16 or 17 and just heartbreakingly naive.

British Dictionary definitions for heartbreakingly



extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
Derived Formsheartbreakingly, adverb
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