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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.
And, the divine-global cell probably came closest to McMinn's construct of brokenness.
I find that being able to move into my brokenness in a really intentional way actually helps me," she says.
After dealing with the heartbreak of his family's dysfunction and brokenness, he spent time on the streets, and lost himself.
And voila, I watched God take what I was doing and bring healing to my emotional brokenness.
They describe the mission of the church as a healing and redemption ministry to the brokenness around us; equipping the community for a ministry of family support.
Jayne-Anne Gadhia, who has headed the firm since 2007, said, 'Ruthlessness in banking has led to so much loss, so much brokenness in our banking system.
Or we can deny our brokenness, forswear compassion, and, as a result, deny our humanity.
e nature of the glass with its fragility and strength, brokenness and the completely new life of the material created in the kiln are key to the concepts expressed.
I am proud of these Coventry kids who have come from such brokenness and I have been blessed to help them.
We see a great measure of hope in a program like Celebrate Recovery, how that brokenness can be met in Jesus.