sad

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adjective

sadder; saddest
1
a
: affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness : downcast
b(1)
: causing or associated with grief or unhappiness : depressing
sad news
(2)
: regrettable, deplorable
a sad relaxation of moralsC. W. Cunnington
c
: of little worth
2
: of a dull somber color
sadness noun

SAD

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abbreviation

seasonal affective disorder

Examples of sad in a Sentence

Adjective He's feeling sad because his pet died. People were sad that he was leaving. The experience left her sadder but wiser. Have you heard the sad news about his wife's illness? It'll be a sad day when you leave us. a movie with a sad ending He lived a sad life. The sad fact of the matter is that they are right. The new version is a sad imitation of the original movie. We needed more money but, sad to say, there wasn't any. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The fall colors are lovely, making up (sort of) for this film’s sad lack of cute date outfits. Moira MacDonald / Seattle Times, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 And the sad part of that is, the bad guys aren't giving up their guns. Emma Colton, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2024 When Danvers briefly tries to play ball with Ted and let the cases go, Navarro loses her patience and releases Leah, who’s sad about how bad things have gotten with her stepmom. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 The Beach Boys’ ability to disguise sad topics with joyous production almost tricks the listener into accidentally feeling something. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 9 Feb. 2024 Oh, and there’s something sad about a pool that is no longer being used — like the whole purpose of its existence has vanished, but no one thought enough to tell the pool itself. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 In that moment, Tony appears neither defiant nor ashamed, only a little sad and, perhaps, resigned. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 As many of the people in the AHEAD trial drop out, the trial will grind to a sad, premature ending. Jason Karlawish, STAT, 6 Feb. 2024 The sad truth is that U.S. governmental dysfunction and internecine domestic warfare are key to Trump’s operating mode. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sad was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sad. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sad

adjective
sadder; saddest
1
: filled with or expressing grief or unhappiness
sad songs
2
: causing grief or unhappiness : depressing
sad news
sadly adverb

Medical Definition

SAD

abbreviation
seasonal affective disorder

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