sad

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adjective \ˈsad\

Definition of sad

sadder

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saddest

  1. 1a :  affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness :  downcastb (1) :  causing or associated with grief or unhappiness :  depressing sad news (2) :  regrettable, deplorable a sad relaxation of morals — C. W. Cunningtonc :  of little worth

  2. 2 :  of a dull somber color

sadly

adverb

sadness

noun

Examples of sad in a Sentence

  1. He's feeling sad because his pet died.

  2. People were sad that he was leaving.

  3. The experience left her sadder but wiser.

  4. Have you heard the sad news about his wife's illness?

  5. It'll be a sad day when you leave us.

  6. a movie with a sad ending

  7. He lived a sad life.

  8. The sad fact of the matter is that they are right.

  9. The new version is a sad imitation of the original movie.

  10. We needed more money but, sad to say, there wasn't any.

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Origin and Etymology of sad

Middle English, from Old English sæd sated; akin to Old High German sat sated, Latin satis enough


SAD

abbreviation

Definition of SAD

  1. seasonal affective disorder



SAD Defined for Kids

sad

play
adjective \ˈsad\

Definition of sad for Students

sadder

;

saddest

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing sorrow or unhappiness I'm sad that you're leaving. The dog had sad eyes.

  2. 2 :  causing sorrow or unhappiness sad news

sadly

adverb

sadness

noun

History for sad

The word sad goes far back into the past of the English language, though modern meanings such as “unhappy” or “causing sorrow” give us little idea of its history. It comes from the Old English word sæd, which meant “full, having had enough,” a sense matched by related words in other languages, such as German satt. In Middle English, sad continued to mean “full,” but it also developed many other senses, such as “firmly established, fixed,” “solid, weighty,” “sober, serious,” “true, real,” and “deep, intense (of a color).” The meaning “sorrowful” was in use fairly early, by about 1300, though strangely enough only this sense among all the others has lasted into modern English.


Medical Dictionary

SAD

abbreviation

Medical Definition of SAD

  1. seasonal affective disorder



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