sad´ness


sad´ness
sad «sad», adjective, sad|der, sad|dest.
1. not happy: a) full of sorrow; grieving: »

You feel sad if your best friend goes away. I was very sad, I think sadder than at any one time in my life (John Bunyan).

b) in low spirits: »

She was sad because she lost her money.

2. characterized by sorrow; sorrowful: »

a sad life, a sad occasion.

3. causing sorrow; distressing: »

a sad accident. The death of a pet is a sad loss.

SYNONYM(S): deplorable, lamentable, calamitous, disastrous.
4. expressing sorrow; gloomy; downcast: »

sad looks, a sad countenance. Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: “It might have been!” (John Greenleaf Whittier).

5. dull in color; not cheerful-looking; dark: »

The general colouring was uniform and sad (Robert Louis Stevenson).

6. extremely bad; shocking: »

a sad state of affairs. In the present sad state of international distrust, there is only a faint hope of achieving such a step in political evolution (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists).

7. Dialect. (of bread or pastry) that has not risen properly; heavy.
[Old English sæd sated; later, weary]
sad´ness, noun.
Synonym Study 1 Sad, dejected, depressed mean unhappy or in a state of low spirits. Sad is the general term, and implies nothing as to the degree, duration, or cause of the state: »

Moonlight makes her sad.

Dejected implies a very low but usually temporary state of unhappiness due to some specific cause: »

She is dejected over his leaving.

Depressed implies a temporary and usually not very low state of unhappiness due to some vague or general cause: »

He is depressed by the state of the world.

However, in a more technical sense it can mean any of varying degrees of unhappiness endured for, sometimes, long periods of time: »

The artist would become depressed suffering from such fits for long periods of time in which he accomplished nothing.

SAD «no pehrihods»,
seasonal affective disorder: »

SAD symptoms often went away when the afflicted went south for the winter (Bruce Fellman).


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