One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the boy was broken-hearted and inconsolable’
heartbroken, grief-stricken, desolate, despairing, devastated, inconsolable, miserable, depressed, melancholy, wretched, sorrowful, sorrowing, mourning, forlorn, heavy-hearted, woeful, doleful, downcast, bowed down, cast down, crestfallen, woebegone, morose, gloomy, glum, sad, cheerless, down
informal down in the mouth, shattered, choked
literary dolorous, heartsick
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