heartbreaking


heart·break·ing

adjective \-ˌbrā-kiŋ\

: causing great sadness, disappointment, etc.

Full Definition of HEARTBREAKING

1
a :  causing intense sorrow or distress
b :  extremely trying or difficult
2
:  producing an intense emotional reaction or response <heartbreaking beauty>
heart·break·ing·ly \-kiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of HEARTBREAKING

  1. She wrote a heartbreaking story about the death of her grandfather.
  2. It was heartbreaking to know that there was nothing I could do.
  3. The team suffered another heartbreaking defeat.

First Known Use of HEARTBREAKING

1586

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