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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I am heartsick over the mess I have made of my life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are heartsick that this happened and are currently doing everything possible to correct the problem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is a genteel, intelligent man, who loved his life in Bohemia and is heartbroken and heartsick with his new life in America.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am sure that I am one of many who felt heartsick at the news of the losses but look what we find now.’
    • ‘‘My wife and her church group were heartsick at seeing all the discards just wasted,’ replies the fisher.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Democratic politicians make somber, seemingly heartsick speeches denouncing the administration in increasingly vituperative language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though all the authors have spoken with other writers heartsick at poorly illustrated books, she's never been disappointed.’
    • ‘When I taught in middle school, I used to be heartsick to see how kids were so bored in their social studies classes.’
    • ‘I'm just heartsick, because I love CRP, because it's allowing me to have the habitat out here.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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