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
For a moment it saddened them, though there was nothing unusual in the tones.
The two incidents that saddened the year occurred in quick succession.
He died without recognition, which saddened the writer.
It really saddened me to find that this posting had been omitted from the comments.
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