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
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.
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