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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.
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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.
He embraces his imperfection and brokenness, and at one and the same time confesses both his sin and faith: 'Lord, you know everything.
He understands brokenness and the need for healing, probably more than most people.
My heart breaks to imagine the fear, pain, trauma and brokenness these children suffer and still carry with them.
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God does not promise to fix what is broken; God promises to be present in the midst of the brokenness.
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He was offering to meet Adam and Eve in the overwhelming stress of their brokenness and shame and to help them sort through the messy consequences of their rebellion within the safe confines of their Creator's love.
"We listen to what our youth are saying and learned to help them identify the brokenness inside and fill it with love and meaning." Two years ago, his congregation began teaching stress-reduction skills such as Jewish meditation and yoga.
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