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sadden

[sad-n] /ˈsæd n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to make or become sad.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; sad + -en1
Related forms
saddeningly, adverb
unsaddened, adjective
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  • 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

sadden

/ˈsædən/
verb
1.
to make or become sad
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Word Origin and History for sadden
v.

"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.

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