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[sad-n] /ˈsæd n/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become sad.
Origin of sadden
First recorded in 1590-1600; sad + -en1
Related forms
saddeningly, adverb
unsaddened, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The country was saddened, moreover, with grievous sicknesses.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "I have not said you were not right, Douw," she answered, with saddened slowness.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • And why should he have saddened her by his doubts, since he was so desirous of her cure?

  • I felt upset and saddened, so sad that I imagined everything was over for me.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • But it has saddened me to think that you did not deem me worthy of a closer confidence.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
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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