sadly

adverb

Definition of sadly

1 : in a sad manner : in a way that shows sadness or unhappiness
  • They spoke sadly of their loss.
  • She shook her head sadly.
  • He walked away sadly.
2 : in a way that causes feelings of sadness, disappointment, or regret
  • a garden that has been sadly neglected for many years
  • What was top-of-the-line when the house was built was by now sadly outdated.
  • —Sue Grafton
  • The Greek populations of these great cities are now sadly diminished or gone altogether, leaving them much duller places.
  • —Robert Fox
3 : unfortunately used to say that something is sad, unfortunate, or regrettable
  • Sadly, you can upload a perfectly working website today and return a few months later to find that many of its external links have died off.
  • —Matthew MacDonald
  • Is there a way to get the virus out of an afflicted cat's system? "Sadly, no," says Dr. [James] Richards.
  • —Tom Ewing


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