Definition of shatter in English:

shatter

verb

  • 1Break or cause to break suddenly and violently into pieces.

    no object ‘bullets riddled the bar top, glasses shattered, bottles exploded’
    with object ‘the window was shattered by a stone’
    • ‘It hurt too much; I couldn't trust them not to shatter the already broken pieces of my heart.’
    • ‘Out of nowhere, the glass from the windows shatter and the front door is broken.’
    • ‘Then he passed out, dropping the piece of glass, which shattered into a thousand pieces.’
    • ‘Her heart felt as if it was hanging onto a single strand of thread, able to break off and shatter into pieces any moment.’
    • ‘The contents break, shatter, explode, leak and escape, usually in the way most damning of the innocent drudge attempting to sort them.’
    • ‘With a stealthy leap, Percival broke through the window, shattering pieces of glass over the floor in front of the window, and on the roof right outside it.’
    • ‘A crack appears and soon the bottle shatters into many pieces.’
    • ‘I broke them, shattering the pieces, cutting my hand with the glass.’
    • ‘It was safety glass so it shattered but didn't break.’
    • ‘Scarlet felt her heart break in two and shatter into pieces.’
    • ‘Glasses and bottles were shattering throughout the room, exploding on the walls and cutting everyone in range.’
    • ‘I flung it through the window causing it to shatter into countless pieces.’
    • ‘If she touched her, she was worried the child might break, shatter into a million pieces at the shock of the touch in her personal space.’
    • ‘The glass top shattered in a million pieces flying across the room like shrapnel.’
    • ‘It shattered suddenly, cracking into thousands of millions of small pieces.’
    • ‘The plate soared through the air, slicing the twilight, before a bullet made contact with it, shattering the porcelain dish in midair.’
    • ‘Her mirror that hung on the door was broken - shattered into hundreds of pieces as if fell to the ground.’
    • ‘The damage was so extensive the front door was shattered and has had to be replaced.’
    • ‘I brought my foot down with full force on the glass and heard it shatter into millions of pieces.’
    • ‘The blow shattered yet another piece in the fencing as the human went flying backwards into it.’
    smash, smash to smithereens, break, break into pieces, burst, blow out
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    1. 1.1with object Damage or destroy (something abstract)
      ‘the crisis will shatter their confidence’
      • ‘The whole ordeal has just shattered my confidence and I'm always left worrying what people think of me when they see the scars.’
      • ‘We must destroy before they shatter our being with their ignorance.’
      • ‘My aunt together with the other elderly and frail residents have had their feelings of security and confidence shattered by these proposals.’
      • ‘Others are probably wondering why I'm going on about my life being shattered and ruined.’
      • ‘We are not discussing social options, but trying to build a country that has been destroyed and a state that has been shattered.’
      • ‘An individual may need a crisis to shatter his ego and thereby overwhelm the yetzer hara.’
      • ‘But the damage was permanent and his military career was shattered, along with his spinal column.’
      • ‘He admitted, however, that the latest blast shattered the peace enjoyed by the local people since the December peace deal.’
      • ‘Their lives have been shattered by the devastating effects of the recent cyclones.’
      • ‘People's attitudes do not remain static during an enormous economic crisis that is shattering their lives.’
      • ‘A fire a few months after opening your own pub pretty much shatters your confidence.’
      • ‘But the sombre peace is shattered when a bomb blast is heard shuddering in the distance and the spooks must answer the call of duty.’
      • ‘Poor fisher folk were the worst hit, their boats damaged, their houses destroyed and their lives shattered.’
      • ‘The crisis threatens to shatter the opposition party's bid to retain its status as the majority party in the parliamentary elections.’
      • ‘Early losses can end a team's season, wreck its confidence, shatter its psyche.’
      • ‘A woman who claimed that her confidence was shattered while working as a dental practice manager has had her case thrown out by an employment tribunal.’
      • ‘The gym hall was strewn with sobbing lassies, their lives ruined, their confidence shattered by human error.’
      • ‘This shattered the public's confidence in the railway system.’
      • ‘Thousands of working class people had their confidence and hopes shattered by the despised old grammar school system.’
      • ‘At the outset, dishonesty in individuals may shatter the sense of loyalty, honesty and responsibility and destroy the foundation of social justice.’
      destroy, wreck, ruin, dash, crush, devastate, demolish, wreak havoc with, blast, blight, wipe out, overturn, torpedo, scotch
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  • 2with object Upset (someone) greatly.

    ‘everyone was shattered by the news’
    • ‘Like her, other parents who have lost their children are shattered.’
    • ‘‘We are absolutely shattered they are pulling the building down,’ said Mr Cooper.’
    • ‘Stevie joins us live to perform his brand new single and his gift for the people shattered by the storm.’
    • ‘Speaking about his sacking today, Mr Hughes said he was shattered by the decision.’
    • ‘The boys were shattered by the manner of the defeat, and it was made even worse by the knowledge that we had basically blown a great opportunity.’
    • ‘She made a phenomenal contribution to the development of the centre and staff are shattered by her loss.’
    • ‘At a book signing in Edinburgh, I saw him in the flesh, and I was shattered by the experience.’
    • ‘Everyone's having a punt at shattering the race leader on the last real climb of the Tour.’
    • ‘Flight testing his aircraft the following morning and flying over York he was shattered to see the smoking devastation rising from the city.’
    • ‘On the other side of the mountains there were, no doubt, journalists in Indian villages too, also trying to calm small shattered children.’
    • ‘Then he was shattered by the loss of his wife, who had worked closely with him.’
    • ‘A week later he was shattered when he informed us that the pupil had already beaten the master.’
    • ‘Not wanting to shatter his family, Charles pays up at first, but when more and more money is demanded he decides to fight back, but with disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘Mr Blackman, a former railway signalman, said his son was shattered.’
    • ‘Thomas's senseless, sudden death during a night out with friends shocked York and shattered a family.’
    • ‘The tragic death has shocked and saddened the local community and shattered his family.’
    • ‘I'm shattered that the Borders expedition didn't happen, but I guess there has to be some reason to return one day.’
    • ‘I was shattered to see how the disease had extended its deathly grip.’
    • ‘He says that after he failed to get through in his first attempt, he was shattered.’
    • ‘I'm shattered as I write this little tribute to a lovely lad, a true friend.’
    devastating, crushing, staggering, severe, savage, overwhelming, traumatic, very great, dreadful, terrible, awful
    devastate, shock, stun, daze, dumbfound, traumatize, crush, overwhelm, greatly upset, distress
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘scatter, disperse’): perhaps imitative; compare with scatter.

Pronunciation

shatter

/ˈʃatə/