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[hahrt-breyk] /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪk/
great sorrow, grief, or anguish.
Origin of heartbreak
1575-85; heart + break Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for heartbreak
  • There may be hidden gems, there may be a lot of heartbreak.
  • It's all the excitement and heartbreak of soccer condensed into a few anxious seconds.
  • Not every lawyer works heartbreak hours at a large firm, in other words.
  • Booze also dulls the pain of heartbreak, an essential theme of country music.
  • Time might heal metaphorical heartbreak, but an injured heart can rarely repair itself.
  • heartbreak brings these military families together.
  • It is a story of individual heartbreak and corporate defeat.
  • Failing to find it would be the latest in a long string of missed opportunities and heartbreak.
  • So she has started exploring the science of heartbreak instead.
  • Anyone who has flubbed a presentation or bombed an easy test knows the heartbreak of the choke.
British Dictionary definitions for heartbreak


intense and overwhelming grief, esp through disappointment in love
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heartbreak

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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