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 royal family endured its own heartbreak through the troubled history, with Prince Charles’ beloved uncle, Louis Mountbatten, assassinated in 1979 by an IRA bomb. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Touch Down in Dublin! See the Newlyweds’ First Ever Airport Arrival," 10 July 2018 More than 84,000 people shared Odom's post, and thousands commented sharing their heartbreak and reminiscing about their own pets. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Golden retriever who played Bush's Beans' 'Duke' dies after battle with cancer," 3 July 2018 Instead, the Texan singer-songwriter has a knack for setting his heartbreak and emotional vulnerability to music. Raisa Bruner, Time, "These Are the Best Songs to Help You Get Over a Breakup," 30 May 2018 Mendoza just hopes no other mother experiences her heartbreak. CBS News, "Arizona invests in thermal cameras to combat wrong-way crashes," 29 May 2018 In addition to the heartbreak of sagging, this tree was on display for all to see. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "On Castro Street, a ‘showy canopy’ falls down on the job," 8 May 2018 The sketchpad records our dreams, the diary chronicles our heartbreak. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Paper checks forever?," 21 Apr. 2018 Our heartbreak, worries and defeats can be chased away by mirthful, celebrating friends. AL.com, "Mardi Gras tradition: Folly passes by, swinging painted pig and cow bladders," 5 Feb. 2018 Liston has had long conversations with the family and hears their heartbreak. Stefano Dipietrantonio, Cincinnati.com, "Woman's body has been at mortuary for more than a year," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of heartbreak

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartbreak

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


heart·break | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrāk \

Kids Definition of heartbreak

: very great or deep grief

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alleviating pain or harshness

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