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heartbreaking

[hahrt-brey-king] /ˈhɑrtˌbreɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing intense anguish or sorrow.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; heartbreak + -ing2
Related forms
heartbreakingly, adverb
Can be confused
hardy, heartbreaking, hearty.
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  • 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

heartbreaking

/ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
Derived Forms
heartbreakingly, adverb
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