heart·​bro·​ken ˈhärt-ˌbrō-kən How to pronounce heartbroken (audio)
: overcome by sorrow

Examples of heartbroken in a Sentence

not as heartbroken over missing out on the trip to New York as I thought she would be was utterly heartbroken when his pet dog died
Recent Examples on the Web Arthur showed the heartbroken girl a porcelain plate repaired with kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken things with gold. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 As his close family members look on in heartbroken silence, Ovidiu tells his story for the camera. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2024 Truly heartbroken about what my fellow actors went through. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2024 The heartbroken father of Laken Riley is opening up about his late 22-year-old daughter, who was gruesomely murdered while jogging on the University of Georgia campus in February. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Mar. 2024 Her case was cold, and the heartbroken matriarch was desperate for answers. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 10 Mar. 2024 For reasons that are far beyond anything the mortal brain can attempt to ascertain, MJ seems both shocked and heartbroken. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2024 Angry and heartbroken, Chani leaves Paul behind and rides a sandworm off into the sunset. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 1 Mar. 2024 Islanders will also be at the mercy of viewers at home, said a news release about the casting announcement, who will vote to determine who gets another shot at love and who leaves the villa heartbroken and empty-handed. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heartbroken was in 1572

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“Heartbroken.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartbroken. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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