bro·​ken·​heart·​ed | \-ˈhär-təd \

Definition of brokenhearted 

: overcome by grief or despair

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Examples of brokenhearted in a Sentence

She was brokenhearted when her boyfriend left her. she was brokenhearted when the relationship ended

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The cliche of the brokenhearted entertainer trying, and failing, to put on a good face is awfully threadbare. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the key of Leonard Cohen: ‘Poetry Machine’ brings late singer’s works to life," 4 May 2018 The brokenhearted community was still trying to absorb its meaning when, later that same Sunday, a mass shooting unleashed on a crowd in an outdoor concert in Las Vegas killed 58 people. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Lawrence grapples with increased violence that residents believe is from out-of-towners," 5 Nov. 2017 The brokenhearted father joined the British in New York and recruited eight others, only to be seized on a brief furlough home and hanged for treason in March 1777, six months after Hale. Caitlin Fitz, WSJ, "Lives Lost for Their Countries," 11 July 2017 Bergquist knows the billionaire and the brokenhearted woman would be perfect for each other. Keith Sharon, Orange County Register, "Toni Bergquist, matchmaker to the rich and famous, is looking for love," 24 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of brokenhearted

1526, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brokenhearted

: filled with great sadness especially because someone you love has left you, has died, etc.


bro·​ken·​heart·​ed | \ˌbrō-kən-ˈhär-təd \

Kids Definition of brokenhearted

: very sad

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obstinately defiant of authority

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