Definition of heartbreaking
1 : causing intense sorrow or distress heartbreaking news a heartbreaking defeat
2 : producing an intense emotional reaction or response heartbreaking beauty
heartbreakinglyplay \ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kiŋ-lē\ 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 of heartbreaking from the Web
A heartbreaking story of a child with a rare genetic disorder has gotten wrapped up in global politics.
Seidman’s anguished and honest response is heartbreaking.
Fowler said that any incidents involving any child are difficult ones, but this call was especially heartbreaking because of the unfortunate deaths of the two children.
Dead Horses: With its hopeful and heartbreaking lyrics and melodies, frequently in the same breath, the folk duo made the Journal Sentinel's Wisconsin Bands to Watch list for 2017.
The family of Philando Castile is calling for President Trump step in after the heartbreaking acquittal of his killer’s trial on Friday.
A friend told me a heartbreaking story recently about sitting on a train adjacent to a school-age boy, maybe age 6 or 7, who was sobbing to his mother from New York nearly to Delaware.
He, in turn, gets sucked into Grace's narrative, who, one way or another, lost her entire family to the departure in uniquely heartbreaking fashion.
The choice is heartbreaking: stay to help other families, or leave to help your own.
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First Known Use of heartbreaking
HEARTBREAKING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of heartbreaking for English Language Learners
: causing great sadness, disappointment, etc.
HEARTBREAKING Defined for Kids
Definition of heartbreaking for Students
: causing great sorrow a heartbreaking story
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