Definition of heartbreaking in English:

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heartbreaking

Pronunciation: /ˈhärtˌbrākiNG/

adjective

Causing overwhelming distress; very upsetting.
Example sentences
  • It's tragic and heartbreaking, but it should not be considered a point of debate.
  • Speaking as a father of a young son and a daughter, I find this heartbreaking and tragic.
  • It was so heartbreaking to see lots of people traumatised by the war and living in bombed out buildings.
Synonyms
distressing, upsetting, disturbing, heart-rending, sad, tragic, painful, traumatic, agonizing, harrowing;
pitiful, poignant, plaintive, moving, tearjerker, tearjerking, gut-wrenching

Derivatives

heartbreakingly

Pronunciation: /ˈhärtˌbrākiNGlē/
adverb
[as submodifier]: a heartbreakingly lonely place
More example sentences
  • Both jobs offer all the possibilities in the world, including fame, success, travel and personal achievement, but things can also go terribly, heartbreakingly wrong if the young hopefuls are rejected.
  • An apologia, even when desperately, heartbreakingly wrong, is a sort of bridge between evil and good, an acknowledgement that there is something here that needs explaining.
  • Every word of this story was heartbreakingly true, and it pains me to think that all the terrible things I saw happening there during my four years of high school didn't magically cease to occur after I graduated and went to college.

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Syllabification: heart·break·ing

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