Heartbreak is a feeling of overwhelming sadness and grief. As Elvis sang, "Well, since my baby left me, I found a new place to dwell. Well, it's down at the end of Lonely Street, at Heartbreak Hotel."

Heartbreak can result from the breakup of a romantic relationship, or even the end of a platonic friendship — the heartbreak of having your best childhood pal move to another country can last a long time. The deep sorrow you feel when a loved one dies is an even more lasting and terrible kind of heartbreak. You can also use this word in an exaggerated way: "The soccer team's heartbreak was evident when they lost that match."

Definitions of heartbreak

n intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

brokenheartedness, grief, heartache
dolor, dolour
(poetry) painful grief
Type of:
an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement

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