verb (used with or without object)

to make or become sad.

Origin of sadden

First recorded in 1590–1600; sad + -en1
Related formssad·den·ing·ly, adverbun·sad·dened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saddened

Contemporary Examples of saddened

Historical Examples of saddened

  • 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
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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