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sadden

[sad-n] /ˈsæd n/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become sad.
Origin of sadden
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; sad + -en1
Related forms
saddeningly, adverb
unsaddened, adjective
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Examples from the Web for saddening
Historical Examples
  • It is a sad mistake that religion is depressing and saddening to youth.

  • It is much used as a "saddening" agent; that is, for darkening other colours.

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  • She could think of but one answer to it; this saddening enough.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • All around had assumed a saddening aspect in the vacillating moonbeams.

    The Red Track Gustave Aimard
  • “The riddle of the world” had its saddening aspects for him, as it has for all earnest souls.

    Sermons Clement Bailhache
  • It must be saddening to a great man to reflect that the schoolboys have no respect for him.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
  • A saddening thought, but true, as many a good woman has found to her cost.

  • The effect of the whole is exceedingly beautiful, chaste, and saddening.

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  • Its associations to many were pleasant, to others, saddening.

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  • He sighed, as if the reminiscence of past times was pleasing but saddening.

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British Dictionary definitions for saddening

sadden

/ˈsædən/
verb
1.
to make or become sad
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Word Origin and History for saddening

sadden

v.

"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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