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Definition of Broken


  1. of Break
  2. Separated into parts or pieces by violence; divided into fragments; as, a broken chain or rope; a broken dish.
  3. Disconnected; not continuous; also, rough; uneven; as, a broken surface.
  4. Fractured; cracked; disunited; sundered; strained; apart; as, a broken reed; broken friendship.
  5. Made infirm or weak, by disease, age, or hardships.
  6. Subdued; humbled; contrite.
  7. Subjugated; trained for use, as a horse.
  8. Crushed and ruined as by something that destroys hope; blighted.
  9. Not carried into effect; not adhered to; violated; as, a broken promise, vow, or contract; a broken law.
  10. Ruined financially; incapable of redeeming promises made, or of paying debts incurred; as, a broken bank; a broken tradesman.
  11. Imperfectly spoken, as by a foreigner; as, broken English; imperfectly spoken on account of emotion; as, to say a few broken words at parting.

Broken Quotations

We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
Ronald Reagan

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
Albert Camus
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Broken Translations

broken in Afrikaans is stukkend
broken in Dutch is defect, stuk, kapot
broken in German is kaputt, kaputt, geknickt, gebrochene, gebrochen
broken in Latin is concisus, infractus
broken in Portuguese is quebrado
broken in Spanish is defectuoso, estropeado, roto

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