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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Shania Twain made her triumphant return to country music last year after a long hiatus, having recovered from a vocal cord condition and a significant heartbreak that ultimately inspired her 2017 album, Now. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Shania Twain Opens Up About the Tragedy That Drove Her to Succeed," 13 Nov. 2018 But any thoughts of a Philadelphia dynasty were quickly squelched with another playoff heartbreak and the subsequent departure of Chamberlain, this time for good. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "As Sixers and Celtics face off in playoffs, an old rivalry comes to life in a new NBA," 29 Apr. 2018 Life after loss Coach Paul Hewitt could easily associate San Antonio with heartbreak. Kyle Ringo, San Antonio Express-News, "Final Four in San Antonio: An oral history," 29 Mar. 2018 Contestants appeared set up for heartbreak, manipulations seemed built-in for maximum humiliation, emotional weaknesses felt exploited, past dirty laundry was nearly inevitably aired. Allison Winn Scotch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Time's Up on 'The Bachelor': Why I Quit and You Can Too (Guest Column)," 9 Mar. 2018 What started as a promising week for Henderson ended in heartbreak. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "After her grandfather's death, Brooke Henderson brings major mindset to Kemper Lakes," 29 June 2018 Curry's husband, Stephen, was an instrumental part of the Warriors' win over the Rockets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, ending the Rockets' season in heartbreak. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets fans hit Ayesha Curry’s Houston restaurant with one-star Yelp reviews before it opens," 20 June 2018 To the heartbreak of her fans, she was collected by a multi-car wreck and didn’t finish. Michelle Martinelli, USA TODAY, "Danica Patrick bids farewell to racing with Indianapolis 500, departs with no regrets," 24 May 2018 May marks the first birthday of her daughter, Ella, born more than five years after her first pregnancy ended in heartbreak. Isaac Stanley-becker, Washington Post, "How an Irish-American woman’s legal case helped spur Ireland’s abortion referendum," 17 May 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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