verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become sad.

1590–1600; sad + -en1

saddeningly, adverb
unsaddened, adjective Unabridged
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sadden (ˈsædən)
to make or become sad

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Example sentences
Instead this show features work that shocks, delights and may sadden viewers.
The exhibit may shock, sadden or inspire you, or perhaps all three.
The proof that a philosopher does not know what he is talking about is apt to
  sadden his followers before it reacts on himself.
One more thing that would sadden me if it were to disappear is the males'
  ability to express affection.
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