Definition of broken-hearted in English:



  • Overwhelmed by grief or disappointment.

    • ‘Motorcycle thieves who snatched a one-of-a-kind £35,000 Italian ‘wonderbike’ have left its owner broken-hearted.’
    • ‘Julie's mum, Linda Norfolk, said the tragedy had left the family broken-hearted and told how her daughter battled for years against the stigma of the condition.’
    • ‘When the broken-hearted Seymour waits alone at the diner bar, Enid feels ashamed of her actions, and takes it upon herself to follow him home and see how he lives.’
    • ‘With the win secured, the Germans played out time by toying with the Icelanders, who were left chasing the ball, broken-hearted by Scotland's triumph.’
    • ‘A Shipston couple are broken-hearted after their 19-year-old grandson was given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order.’
    • ‘A newlywed Blackpool couple have been left broken-hearted and out of pocket this week after French Police wrecked their romantic honeymoon plans.’
    • ‘He is mourned by his broken-hearted wife Breda, daughters-in-law Siobhan and Vera, grandson, brothers, cousins, relatives and friends all his neighbours and his dancing friends.’
    • ‘Have no expectations… We don't want you to be disappointed or broken-hearted if your chosen loved one doesn't come through.’
    • ‘I Know It's Over topped a poll of tunes which people turn to when they are depressed, broken-hearted or just having a bad day.’
    • ‘I couldn't have left him up there all night, I'd have been broken-hearted.’
    • ‘Speaking from her home in Manor Farm Road, Bitterne, Mrs Donaldson said: ‘I am absolutely broken-hearted.’’
    • ‘In A Woman's Book of Revenge, author Christine Gallagher describes the longing for ‘swift and deadly revenge’ as an essential stage on the road to recovery for the broken-hearted.’
    • ‘From a faith perspective, our mission statement followed from Jesus to preach good news to the poor and to heal the broken-hearted and set the captive free.’
    • ‘I think if you don't have compassion for other human beings who are truly, truly broken-hearted by the pain that they've caused, then what's that say about you, if you can't forgive?’
    • ‘She was left broken-hearted after the Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis abruptly dumped her in favour of Jacqueline Kennedy; and her extraordinary voice had gone.’
    • ‘It may affect Professor A very deeply - indeed, he may die of broken-hearted disappointment at the loss of his fellow-believers.’
    • ‘She knows Kyle is broken-hearted and is trying to be as nice as she can about all this.’
    • ‘Best's wife, Alex, was ‘bearing up’, but Hughes added: ‘Anyone who knows and loves George will be absolutely broken-hearted.’’
    • ‘I have five more children and there's not a day goes by that one of them does not feel broken-hearted.’
    • ‘‘He looked like a broken-hearted man by that point,’ remembers Roedelius, sitting in the east London offices of Lunz's record label.’
    anguished, devastated, heavy-hearted, suffering, grieving, grief-stricken, grieved, inconsolable, crushed, shattered, desolate, despairing
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