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heart·break·ing

 (härt′brā′kĭng)
adj.
1. Causing overwhelming grief or distress.
2. Producing a strong emotional reaction: heartbreaking loveliness.

heart′break′ing·ly adv.

heartbreaking

(ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ)
adj
extremely sad, disappointing, or pitiful
ˈheartˌbreakingly adv

heart•break•ing

(ˈhɑrtˌbreɪ kɪŋ)

adj.
causing intense anguish or sorrow.
[1600–10]
heart′break`ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.heartbreaking - causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter"
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13

heartbreaking

adjective sad, distressing, tragic, bitter, poignant, harrowing, desolating, grievous, pitiful, agonizing, heart-rending, gut-wrenching one of the most heartbreaking letters I have ever received
happy, cheerful, jolly, cheery, joyous, joyful, light-hearted
Translations

heartbreaking

[ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ] ADJdesgarrador, que parte el corazón

heartbreaking

[ˈhɑːrtbreɪkɪŋ] adj [decision, news] → déchirant(e)
it was heartbreaking to watch ... → c'était à fendre le cœur de regarder ...

heartbreaking

[ˈhɑːtˌbreɪkɪŋ] adjpenoso/a, straziante
References in classic literature ?
Work's the essence of life; but to expend precious unreturning vitality and real labour against imaginary danger, that is heartbreakingly absurd
Julie Christie stars in this heartbreakingly beautiful movie as Fiona, a woman with Alzheimer's disease whose husband of 50 years, Grant (Gordon Pinsent), agonises as he watches his wife slip
But of them all his is the most heartbreakingly believable version for there is a lament for lost youth ("When I was a young man, courting the girls .
Loud and proud in their melancholia the Hobos manage to be heartbreakingly moving and heartstoppingly exhilarating.
This cunning satire, which might easily carry a book by itself, is then combined with a haunting portrait of life during wartime, and a heartbreakingly accurate depiction of the end of a love affair.
His fascinating but heartbreakingly sad documentary, ``Mayor of the Sunset Strip,'' tells the tale of the gnomelike music legend who was mostly famous for being famous.
Laura Linney is heartbreakingly good as her hopes of sex are dashed by a dark family secret.
As an epitaph, it was - and is - simply and heartbreakingly perfect.
Director Philip Noyce indulges in neither huge set-pieces nor tub-thumping sermons, relying instead on the heartbreakingly honest performances of his three little girls and the awesome scope of their adventure.
McRory had gone close in 1986 when losing to Kerry after leading by eight points and the partnership was devastated with a sickening single point defeat by Dublin in 1995 after a late equalising point was heartbreakingly ruled out.
They expected a lot from everyone on every level, which strikes one today as heartbreakingly quaint.
She is heartbreakingly real and wonderful - my biggest discovery as an actress this year.