heart·​break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk How to pronounce heartbreak (audio) \

Definition of heartbreak

: crushing grief, anguish, or distress

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But many Democrats simply do not believe Republicans are willing to negotiate in good faith, even after the heartbreak of Uvalde. New York Times, 30 May 2022 The heartbreak and outrage of the protesters reflected the wave of sorrow and demands for political action on gun control that spread across the country this week as the horror of the Uvalde shooting became clear. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 27 May 2022 Ending the heartbreak of parents burying their children is reason enough to invest. Bill Gates, CNN, 24 May 2022 Like many in the audience, Skylar may still be too young to have experienced the heartbreak of a failed relationship firsthand. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2022 However, one game, one victory, can erase all the all the heartbreak and disappointment of not winning a playoff series in more than two decades, and all the nervousness and pressure brought on by the great regular season. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 12 May 2022 The heartbreak and uncertainty of the moment were a testament to Pérez’s ability to draw emotion. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 Many of Brady’s electrifying 53 game-winning drives are recounted, along with the glory of his perfect 16-0 season in 2007—and the heartbreak of defeat that year by Eli Manning’s New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 The words are yearning, despair and the heartbreak of unrequited terrible love, and the music itself is desire. Erica Schmidt, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Heartbreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreak. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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heart·​break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk How to pronounce heartbreak (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartbreak

: very great or deep grief

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