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[hahrt-brey-king] /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪ kɪŋ/
causing intense anguish or sorrow.
Origin of heartbreaking
1600-10; heartbreak + -ing2
Related forms
heartbreakingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heartbreaking
  • Much of it was heartbreaking, especially the gasping misery of the little children and of the worn-out mothers.
  • And the blight moved with heartbreaking speed-carried by the wind, animals, insects and humans.
  • The commitment of these people is impressive-and, at times, heartbreaking.
  • But the heartbreaking efforts of this disparate team live on in their splendid little gray engine.
  • Others merely looked upon her with heartbreaking hopelessness.
  • How heartbreaking for the parents and students and faculty, how terrifying for the community.
  • Yes, the poverty here is grinding and heartbreaking.
  • As heartbreaking as those events are-and well worth trying to avert-they're bound to continue somewhere else.
  • It was, in a curious and perhaps deceptive way, almost heartbreaking.
  • There's something heartbreaking about surrendering to strangers the delicate moment of giving order to the world.
British Dictionary definitions for heartbreaking


extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
Derived Forms
heartbreakingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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