heart·​break·​ing | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce heartbreaking (audio) \

Definition of heartbreaking

1 : causing intense sorrow or distress heartbreaking news a heartbreaking defeat
2 : producing an intense emotional reaction or response heartbreaking beauty

Other Words from heartbreaking

heartbreakingly \ ˈhärt-​ˌbrā-​kiŋ-​lē How to pronounce heartbreaking (audio) \ adverb
a heartbreakingly tragic movie

Examples of heartbreaking in a Sentence

She wrote a heartbreaking story about the death of her grandfather. It was heartbreaking to know that there was nothing I could do. The team suffered another heartbreaking defeat.
Recent Examples on the Web In one of the most heartbreaking moments of the season, Irv finds Burt at his home, only to see him happily with another man. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 8 Apr. 2022 Boston also beat the Bucks in a heartbreaking 4-3 series in the 1974 NBA Finals, a game remembered for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's buzzer-beating skyhook in Game 6. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 After a heartbreaking third-place finish by the tightest of margins in 2021, the Crimson Tide’s final performance of the season wasn’t quite as dramatic. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 14 Apr. 2022 The images of people fleeing Ukraine after Russia’s invasion have been dramatic and heartbreaking. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 But the momentum was ultimately too much, as Peterson’s desperate heave careened to the court, handing USC a heartbreaking 68-66 defeat to No. 10 seed Miami that ended its NCAA tournament early. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2022 This scene of Holmes practicing having a normal conversation in the mirror is quite heartbreaking! Emma Specter, Vogue, 4 Mar. 2022 Harsin would later replace Malzahn at Auburn, going 6-7 in his first season, including a five-game losing streak to end the season, including a heartbreaking four-overtime Iron Bowl defeat. Nubyjas Wilborn | Nwilborn@al.com, al, 20 Feb. 2022 During his first Super Bowl appearance in 2019, McVay faced Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots and suffered a heartbreaking 13-3 defeat. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heartbreaking

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Heartbreaking.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbreaking. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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heart·​break·​ing | \ ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kiŋ How to pronounce heartbreaking (audio) \

Kids Definition of heartbreaking

: causing great sorrow a heartbreaking story

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