heartbreaking

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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
This mocks the seriousness of allergic disease and is heartbreakingly disrespectful to the families of those that have lost loved ones to anaphylaxis," the petition reads.
The narrative--especially Leigh's grief and guilt--is heartbreakingly real.
The charity decided the rare chicks needed assistance as many have heartbreakingly drowned attempting to fledge at the spot in years gone by.
Convincing, sympathetic and heartbreakingly inevitable, one to read with a tissue handy.
This heartbreakingly beautiful project presents 1,000 or so examples of those personalized epitaphs, along with compelling history and insight into Canada's conflicted memory of the Great War.
Today, Lichfield Garrick Studio Ezio's music can range from highly rhythmical, almost manic rock to delicate, dreamy ballads that are heartbreakingly honest and deeply poetic.
Last week, that joy was heartbreakingly destroyed in a despicable act of cowardice.
In earlier work," notes Leslie, "we found that adult women were less likely to receive higher degrees in fields thought to require 'brilliance,' and these new findings show that these stereotypes begin to impact girls' choices at a heartbreakingly young age.
Heartbreakingly, for many of these children, this may be the only gift they receive.
DESPITE a hat-trick from Bangor-born Nathan Broadhead ensuring Wales finished their UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers on a wining note, Geraint Williams' young side heartbreakingly failed to progress to the next stage.