verb (used with or without object)
Examples from the Web for sadden
The leathery visage of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell never fails to sadden and enrage me.Mitch McConnell: Putting Party Ahead of Country Every Time|Michael Tomasky|June 1, 2011|DAILY BEAST
They do not inspire us into unquestioning loyalty; they sadden us and provoke the unanswerable existential question: Why?
Tracing the blighted past, I am only left to sadden at that gentleness which never came from love!Godolphin, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
At the distance their joy did not sadden him--he marveled why; and thus, in musing reverie, thought to explain the why to himself.
But, at any rate, there is always Leonora to cheer you up; I don't want to sadden you.The Good Soldier|Ford Madox Ford
It need not sadden you, Diana; because every man is the better for having given his best.The Following of the Star|Florence L. Barclay
You would not now sadden the hours of your absence from me by causing anxious thoughts in my heart.'Three Score Years and Ten'|Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve
British Dictionary definitions for sadden
Word Origin and History for sadden
"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.