Definition of broken home in English:

broken home


  • A family in which the parents are divorced or separated.

    ‘he comes from a broken home’
    • ‘These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.’
    • ‘Venables, who came from a broken home and whose parents struggled with two special needs children, had displayed disturbed, destructive behaviour for some time, including cutting himself with scissors.’
    • ‘Some may come from broken homes, alcoholic homes, have emotionally absent parents, etc.’
    • ‘Many were from broken homes, single-parent families or blended families, where drugs and alcohol played a destructive role.’
    • ‘Buddy comes from a broken home, his family having fallen apart after his father's departure, and Buddy has become an alcoholic.’
    • ‘Her family weren't much help - she came from a broken home you see, raised by a distant Father and never allowed to visit her Mother or the two younger brothers that had gone with her.’
    • ‘Any kid who's been shuffled through foster families or lived in broken homes can surely relate, and it's these simple allegories for real life that make fairy tales so meaningful as entertainment.’
    • ‘I came from a poor family and a broken home and had always felt like I was the odd one out, the token working-class girl in Watford Grammar School.’
    • ‘She said most of the children in the streets were coming from broken homes while others had been neglected by their parents.’
    • ‘Children from broken homes are twice as likely to smoke as those whose parents remain together, according to a major survey of 15-year-olds.’
    • ‘Many come from broken homes or single-parent families and a large number have special educational needs.’
    • ‘All too often children of broken homes are used by their parents to vent spite on each other or they use them as human ropes in a post divorce tug-of-war.’
    • ‘In a country in which broken homes, absentee parents and latchkey kids are endemic to every social class, he can touch some of the hottest emotional buttons.’
    • ‘Having come from a broken home, he realises the importance of children feeling their parents are there for them.’
    • ‘Too much school work was the reason given by 84 per cent, broken homes and divorce were a problem for 52 per cent, and the easy availability of drugs and alcohol was a big issue for 42 per cent.’
    • ‘Children from a broken home prefer if their parents split up rather than stay together, a study has found.’
    • ‘The cover of the September 25, 2000 issue of Time featured a familiar tableau of the modern broken home - the lonely only child caught between warring parents.’
    • ‘In the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, tens of thousands of boys and girls from broken homes were dispatched to institutions around Australia.’
    • ‘Lots of children are bullied and are bullies, have complicated family relationships, come from broken homes.’
    • ‘It is already clear they intend now to force on to the statute books the primacy of ‘marriage’ in social and moral education classes, however much it can undermine the self-esteem of children from broken homes.’


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