heartbreak

noun
heart·break | \ˈhärt-ˌbrāk \

Definition of heartbreak 

: crushing grief, anguish, or distress

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Examples of heartbreak in a Sentence

He recently suffered a string of romantic heartbreaks. I understand the heartbreak you must feel over your grandmother's death.

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The pain, the heartbreak of a child about that experience will never go away in their lifetime. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 Andrew Toney helped the Sixers avoid duplicating the heartbreak in the follow season’s conference final. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers coach Brett Brown 'can't wait' to be part of the Sixers-Celtics rivalry," 29 Apr. 2018 As anyone who has gone through a breakup knows, heartbreak can be difficult to process, let alone in the public eye. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Celebrity Breakups Don't Mean Love Is Dead," 11 Apr. 2018 This year’s tournament is defined by bundles of extra-time heroics, a few surprising group stage upsets, and a whole lot of heartbreak. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 There is great heartbreak in the correspondence of this heroic fellow Cancer (much of which has never been published before), but alongside that pain is extraordinary, inspiring strength. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Your July pop culture horoscope revealed: Whitney Houston, Comic-Con, and Sharp Objects," 29 June 2018 But the Pacers have endured a steady stream of heartbreak to which few other franchises can relate. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "The Pacers have always been great at (almost) great seasons," 5 June 2018 That book gave Donny and I both a lot of heartbreak. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "WW #100: Writer Eliot Rahal's 'Hot Lunch Special' more 'real' with story of family -- and crime," 15 May 2018 The end of those runs tends to produce resentment, even bitterness, which eventually turns into a numbing kind of heartbreak. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "No expectation for Detroit Tigers? It might make them easier to watch," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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heartbreak

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heartbreak

: a very strong feeling of sadness, disappointment, etc.

heartbreak

noun
heart·break | \ˈhärt-ˌbrāk \

Kids Definition of heartbreak

: very great or deep grief

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