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Emotional IntensityPlay
Used to describe very deep emotional pain, often from a profound personal loss or romantic disappointment. SlideShe felt heartbroken after her dog passed away.
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Beyond SadnessPlay
'Heartbroken' goes further than 'sad', indicating a shattering of one's emotional state. SlideAfter hearing the tragic news, he sat alone, heartbroken.
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Romantic ContextPlay
Though it can be used generally, 'heartbroken' is most often associated with romantic love situations. SlideHer heartbroken expression said it all when she saw her ex with someone else.