Definition of heartbreak in US English:

heartbreak

noun

  • Overwhelming distress.

    ‘an unforgettable tale of joy and heartbreak’
    • ‘I ran from the club and down the all too familiar streets, where I'd already experienced joy and heartbreak.’
    • ‘We're looking for comics who are talking about their own experience, their pain, heartbreak or struggle.’
    • ‘She has suffered heartbreak, both on and off the field, and has come through it all with dignity and strength.’
    • ‘He was quite simply helping out people he both knew and liked in a time of great distress and heartbreak.’
    • ‘Always supportive, we were the crutch for the other to lean on, when love dealt us the pain of heartbreak.’
    • ‘Three years of heartbreak and pain has ended for a Rochdale woman with the birth of a baby boy.’
    • ‘Accidents in general, and those resulting in loss of life in particular, cost a lot of money and a lot of heartbreak.’
    • ‘Novelty records, for the most part, are usually heartbreak at every turn, with a short shelf life to boot.’
    • ‘It was all so sudden and we experienced the pain and heartbreak of each health report of our poor lead fiddle player.’
    • ‘You know one day you'll pay in tears and heartbreak for the joy you're experiencing now.’
    • ‘To do so is invite into your life the three demons of chaos, torture and heartbreak.’
    • ‘He lived a difficult life, full of trauma, illness and heartbreak.’
    • ‘She faced the risk of inconsolable pain and heartbreak and embraced it with open arms.’
    • ‘They get a buzz out of driving fast but the damage they do causes heartbreak and torture for families like ours.’
    • ‘She then suffered more heartbreak when she lost her beloved guide dog.’
    • ‘It is not a hedge around heartbreak, a quick fix for pain, or a detour through grief.’
    • ‘A devastated mother today spoke of her heartbreak after losing three sons in tragic circumstances.’
    • ‘This was what had caused me so much heartbreak and pain those first few weeks.’
    • ‘Susan has battled through pain and heartbreak to marry her sweetheart.’
    • ‘Even the ideal child would bring grief and care and heartbreak on him for the rest of his life.’
    distress, grief, suffering, unhappiness, misery, sorrow, sadness, anguish, trauma, heartache, pain, hurt, agony, angst, wretchedness, bitterness, despondency, despair, woe, dejection, devastation, desolation, torment, torture
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Pronunciation

heartbreak

/ˈhɑrtˌbreɪk//ˈhärtˌbrāk/