They do not inspire us into unquestioning loyalty; they sadden us and provoke the unanswerable existential question: Why?
The leathery visage of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell never fails to sadden and enrage me.
"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.