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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 saddened
  • 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.
  • Fisher survived his ordeal, but was deeply saddened that he failed to honor his friend's dying wish.
  • On a hillside a half-mile away, saddened mourners and stunned citizens have gathered daily for three months.
  • He died without recognition, which saddened the writer.
  • It really saddened me to find that this posting had been omitted from the comments.
  • We were so saddened by the plight of the wild horses.
  • Then all the players declare how saddened they are or how angry they are and demand an apology.
  • The strain was increasingly evident in his gaunt and saddened visage.
  • All in the judicial community and thoughtful people everywhere are deeply saddened by those events.
British Dictionary definitions for saddened


to make or become sad
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Word Origin and History for saddened



"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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