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[sad-n] /ˈsæd n/
verb (used with or 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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  • They saw depths of life that they had never fathomed; depths that saddened and frightened them.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • The country was saddened, moreover, with grievous sicknesses.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • I knew better than this, and walked on with them, saddened because I knew.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • "I have not said you were not right, Douw," she answered, with saddened slowness.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • I have met with great difficulties in so doing, but none has saddened me like your disappointment.'

British Dictionary definitions for saddened


to make or become sad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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