Definition of heartsick in English:


(also heartsore)


  • Very despondent, typically from grief or loss of love.

    ‘weary and heartsick, she forced herself to search throughout the remains of the village’
    • ‘I'm just heartsick, because I love CRP, because it's allowing me to have the habitat out here.’
    • ‘These new works are a bold push forward, and they show the artist entering into the world of storytelling in the manner of a heartsick troubadour.’
    • ‘‘My wife and her church group were heartsick at seeing all the discards just wasted,’ replies the fisher.’
    • ‘I took over care of my younger sisters and younger brother, and of course of my father who was heartsick over the loss of that beautiful mother of mine.’
    • ‘I was heartsick because I just knew that this wasn't good for anybody, not for the guy who got shot, not for that marine, not for me.’
    • ‘Children, clinging to favorite toys, huddled on bows while heartsick adults maneuvered motorboats over submerged roads and through trees and bushes to reach higher ground.’
    • ‘Democratic politicians make somber, seemingly heartsick speeches denouncing the administration in increasingly vituperative language.’
    • ‘I am sure that I am one of many who felt heartsick at the news of the losses but look what we find now.’
    • ‘I was heartsick over the loss of our baby, and you were glowing with the thought of leaving everything behind to race some stupid cars.’
    • ‘Though all the authors have spoken with other writers heartsick at poorly illustrated books, she's never been disappointed.’
    • ‘Grieving, heartsick, I began dissolution proceedings and joined a women's divorce support group, sponsored by the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, searching for closure and healing.’
    • ‘This, the Mariner's heartsick and acknowledged disgust for non-human life, showed that he had not yet learned his lesson nor completed the penance that Life-in-Death had prepared for him.’
    • ‘Their world, as expressed in Welcome Interstate Managers, is one of heartsick teenagers, repressed office workers, the glories of high school football, and giddy suburban house parties.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I am heartsick over the mess I have made of my life.’
    • ‘What really makes them heartsick these days, however, is that they also have to fend off mindless attacks from their scientific colleagues, particularly in Europe.’
    • ‘Hoping it will help her hefty heartsick pal, Bunny thinks it would be a ‘hoot’ to have Martha join a lonely hearts club and receive letters from other forlorn folks.’
    • ‘When I taught in middle school, I used to be heartsick to see how kids were so bored in their social studies classes.’
    • ‘We are heartsick that this happened and are currently doing everything possible to correct the problem.’
    • ‘Looking at the fine fleet of fishing vessels it would make you heartsick when you realize all the no-no and no-go regulations imposed on the fishermen's livelihoods.’
    • ‘He is a genteel, intelligent man, who loved his life in Bohemia and is heartbroken and heartsick with his new life in America.’
    downcast, downhearted, despondent, disconsolate, dispirited, crestfallen, cast down, depressed, disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, demoralized, crushed, desolate, heartbroken, broken-hearted, heavy-hearted, low-spirited, in the doldrums, sad, unhappy, doleful, melancholy, miserable, woebegone, forlorn, long-faced, fed up, wretched, glum, gloomy, dismal
    despondent, dejected, dispirited, disheartened, discouraged, depressed, desolate, downcast, down, disappointed, grieving, forlorn, unhappy, sad, upset, miserable, crestfallen, wretched, woebegone, inconsolable, sick at heart, heavy-hearted, broken-hearted, grief-stricken, in low spirits, low-spirited
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