Definition of heartbreaking
- heartbreaking news
- a heartbreaking defeat
- heartbreaking beauty
heartbreakinglyplay \ˈhärt-ˌbrā-kiŋ-lē\ adverb
- a heartbreakingly tragic movie
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.
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: causing great sadness, disappointment, etc.
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