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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissolution, breakupnoun

    the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)

  2. separation, breakup, detachmentnoun

    coming apart


  1. breakupnoun

    The act of breaking up; disintegration or division

  2. breakupnoun

    The termination of a sexual relationship

  3. breakupnoun

    A loss of emotional control; a breakdown


  1. Breakup

    A relationship breakup, breakup, or break-up is the termination of a relationship. The act is commonly termed "dumping [someone]" in slang when it is initiated by one partner. The term is less likely to be applied to a married couple, where a breakup is typically called a separation or divorce. When a couple engaged to be married breaks up, it is typically called a "broken engagement". People commonly think of breakups in a romantic aspect, however, there are also non-romantic and platonic breakups, and this type of relationship dissolution is usually caused by failure to maintain a friendship.Susie Orbach (1992) has argued that the dissolution of dating and cohabiting relationships can be as painful as or more painful than divorce because these nonmarital relationships are less socially recognized.Kamiar-K. Rueckert argues with the works of Donald Winnicott that the ability to be alone is an essentially healthy sign of emotional development and maturity. Once a child has obtained closeness and attachment by their early caregivers, they are able to develop autonomy and identity. If children have not introjected the good and protective qualities of their parents, they will fear separation and break-ups.


  1. breakup

    A breakup refers to the ending or dissolution of a close relationship, especially a romantic one. It signifies the discontinuance of the partnership, often due to disagreements, conflicts, loss of interest or incompatible life goals between the involved parties. This term can be used in different contexts, including friendships, business partnerships, and even country or political separations.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakup in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of breakup in a Sentence

  1. Jennifer Lawrence:

    Every time I go through a breakup, it’s not like my heart isn’t broken, they just never did anything to, like, devastate me. They were just good people. Maybe that’s also the secret. I’m attracted to good people.

  2. Gerald McDonald:

    He’s not feeling us no more, i’m trying to figure out if there’s an insurance policy with the jersey. From the looks of it, it looks like it’s over. It’s like a bad breakup. I guess the fans have to deal with it, so I guess we’re done, too.

  3. Robert Weiss:

    I'm sure in the 16th century, there were people who said, 'I don't know what to say to my ex; could you say it to her for me?' we jump forward to 'Sex and the City,' and we have the Post-It Note breakup.

  4. Rachel Denber:

    The past year, I would argue, has been the worst on record for human rights in Azerbaijan since the breakup of the Soviet Union, i don't think it's fair to expect countries to have perfect transitions overnight, or maybe even in 24 years (since Soviet disintegration in the region, in 1991). But I do think it's fair to expect them to not regress significantly.

  5. Walter Beakel:

    On the breakup of Harrison Ford's first marriage It wasn't because he became a star. In all relationships there are changes and the point is both partners have to change together.

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