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[broh-kuh n-hahr-tid] /ˈbroʊ kənˈhɑr tɪd/
burdened with great sorrow, grief, or disappointment.
Origin of brokenhearted
Related forms
brokenheartedly, adverb
brokenheartedness, noun
heartsick, heartbroken, despondent, dejected. Unabridged
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  • It would be idle to paint the misery of this brokenhearted woman.

  • Never had I seen her so brokenhearted, even on the day she smashed the mirror.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • During all of these years the brokenhearted father and sister watched in vain for some sign of recovery.

    The Brand Therese Broderick
  • brokenhearted little Mrs. Ruffed Grouse sat beside her empty nest, with all the broken shells about her.

  • And they parted, she all in tears, he brokenhearted, and in anger.

    The Legend of Ulenspiegel Charles de Coster
  • The brokenhearted mother survived the tragical interruption of her late happy days but a few months.

  • But people are warm and living, and their hearts beat with human life, and they can be sorry and glad, happy and brokenhearted.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for brokenhearted


overwhelmed by grief or disappointment
Derived Forms
brokenheartedly, adverb
brokenheartedness, noun
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