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[sad-n] /ˈsæd n/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become sad.
1590-1600; sad + -en1
Related forms
saddeningly, adverb
unsaddened, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for saddening
  • Sometimes-it can hardly be said in extenuation-the heel that crunches is applied in saddening ignorance.
  • But those events, as saddening as they were, are only part of the picture.
  • They're deeply saddening, but wonderful nonetheless.
  • We all know that active volcanoes are dangerous, so it is doubly saddening to read that humans are making them more dangerous.
  • It is extremely saddening that policy makers do not recognize this problem because they keep diagnosing it incorrectly.
  • Its saddening to see so many regions demanding statehood.
  • Wow, it is truly saddening that whole ordeal happened and happens so often.
  • It's really saddening to see how the bulk of comments completely miss the point of the chart.
  • As a novel it's ludicrous, but as an act of wish-fulfillment it's fascinating-and saddening.
  • Shopping for toys has become saddening, irritating, or bewildering to many adults.
British Dictionary definitions for saddening


to make or become sad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for saddening



"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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