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[sad-n] /ˈsæd n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become sad.
Origin of sadden
1590-1600; sad + -en1
Related forms
saddeningly, adverb
unsaddened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sadden
  • 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.
  • Water's message, which he returns to often in his books and essays, does not appear to sadden or frighten him.
  • All it did was sadden me even further because no one is going to take responsibility for the action.
British Dictionary definitions for sadden


to make or become sad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sadden

"to make sorrowful," 1620s, from sad + -en (1). Earlier verb was simply sade, from Old English sadian, which also could be the immediate source of the modern verb. Intransitive meaning "to become sad" is from 1718. Related: Saddened; saddening.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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