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Past participle of break.
1. Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured: a broken arm; broken glass.
2. Sundered by divorce, separation, or desertion of a parent or parents: children from broken homes; a broken marriage.
3. Having been violated: a broken promise.
a. Incomplete: a broken set of books.
b. Being in a state of disarray; disordered: troops fleeing in broken ranks.
a. Intermittently stopping and starting; discontinuous: a broken cable transmission.
b. Varying abruptly, as in pitch: broken sobs.
c. Spoken with gaps and errors: broken English.
6. Topographically rough; uneven: broken terrain.
a. Subdued totally; humbled: a broken spirit.
b. Weakened and infirm: broken health.
8. Crushed by grief: died of a broken heart.
9. Financially ruined; bankrupt.
10. Not functioning; out of order: a broken washing machine.

bro′ken·ly adv.
bro′ken·ness n.


the quality of being broken
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Casaubon had often dwelt on some explanation or questionable detail of which Dorothea did not see the bearing; but such imperfect coherence seemed due to the brokenness of their intercourse, and, supported by her faith in their future, she had listened with fervid patience to a recitation of possible arguments to be brought against Mr.
The nose was so variously malformed in its healed brokenness that there was no bridge, while one nostril, the size of a pea, opened downward, and the other, the size of a robin's egg, tilted upward to the sky.
But by highlighting select themes such as historical consciousness, ambiguity in knowledge, dialogical method, situational ethics, non-absoluteness of religion, and the brokenness of human existence, C.
Paradoxically, these landscapes offer exactly what the nursing home residents initially experience: renunciation, brokenness, and loss of control.
Caring little about our shame, and encouraging us to live without sexual restraint, the powers of darkness want us to live in sexual brokenness.
The brokenness visible in the temple evokes the brokenness of Synagoga.
The cathedral's Rs ev David Stone said: "I think there's a very proper concern from people that there needs to be a place like this, especially in the cathedral ruins, a place of brokenness.
And, in our society, most of these ones are those who have experienced the horrific devastation of family brokenness.
We live in world that is shaped, formed, and structured in the brokenness of humanity.
of brokenness, of community, of mission) + relationships (in small groups, mentoring) + suffering + service + time = growth + health.
I accept the reality of the world's brokenness, including the brokenness of a person who fails to appreciate the value of a vegetarian burrito.
That's the depth of the brokenness we need to address here,'' said Timothy Buresh, LAUSD chief operating officer.