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heartsick

[hahrt-sik]
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adjective
  1. extremely depressed or unhappy.
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Origin of heartsick

First recorded in 1520–30; heart + sick1
Related formsheart·sick·en·ing, adjectiveheart·sick·ness, noun

Synonyms

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dejected, sick-at-heart, despondent, dispirited.
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Related Words

bluedejecteddepresseddespairingdisappointeddisconsolatedownforlorninconsolablelowmelancholymournfulsadunhappywoebegoneheavy-hearteddisheartenedgrieving

Examples from the Web for heartsick

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  • I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Heartsick with the knowing, he observed Raoul Beardsley and remembered!

  • Heartsick, he turned south, and followed the silver stream of the Hudson.

    When the Sleepers Woke

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • A sense of shame at such conduct made me faint and heartsick.

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • The girl was fatigued with turbulent emotions, lonely and heartsick.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White


British Dictionary definitions for heartsick

heartsick

adjective
  1. deeply dejected or despondent
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Derived Formsheartsickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for heartsick

adj.

"despondent," late 14c., from heart + sick. Old English heortseoc meant "ill from heart disease."

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