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sad

 (săd)
adj. sad·der, sad·dest
1. Showing, expressing, or feeling sorrow or unhappiness: a sad face.
2. Causing sorrow or gloom; depressing: a sad movie; sad news.
3. Deplorable or inadequate; sorry: a sad state of affairs; a sad excuse.
4. Dark-hued; somber.

[Middle English, weary, sorrowful, from Old English sæd, sated, weary; see sā- in Indo-European roots.]

sad′ly adv.
sad′ness n.
Synonyms: sad, melancholy, sorrowful, doleful, woebegone, desolate
These adjectives mean affected with or marked by unhappiness, as that caused by affliction. Sad is the most general: "Better by far you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad" (Christina Rossetti).
Melancholy can refer to lingering or habitual somberness or sadness: a melancholy poet's gloomy introspection. Sorrowful applies to emotional pain as that resulting from loss: sorrowful mourners at the funeral. Doleful describes what is mournful or morose: the doleful expression of a reprimanded child. Woebegone suggests grief or wretchedness, especially as reflected in a person's appearance: "His sorrow ... made him look ... haggard and ... woebegone" (George du Maurier).
Desolate applies to one that is beyond consolation: "Now she was desolate, a widow in a foreign country" (Nigel Hamilton).

SAD

abbr.
seasonal affective disorder

Sadness

 

See Also: DEJECTION, EMOTIONS, GLOOM

  1. As full of sorrow as the sea of sands —William Shakespeare
  2. Could feel it [the sadness] pierce him like a foreign body in his heart —Amos Oz
  3. Crest-fallen as a dried pear —William Shakespeare
  4. Crest-fallen as a spy who had been caught by a thief —Victor Hugo
  5. Depressing as the last day of fishing —Robert Traver
  6. A feeling of sadness that is not akin to pain, resembles sorrow only as the mist resembles rain —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. (Scarlett) felt bereft, as though she had sold one of her children —Margaret Mitchell

    The sadness which inspired the comparison was that experienced by the heroine of Gone With the Wind when she sold her lumber business.

  8. Felt melancholy grip him, like a pain in the heart —Mary McCarthy
  9. (I felt depressed,) filled to the neck with sadness like a carafe with bad wine —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  10. His heart throbbed like a bruise in the sigh —Norman Mailer
  11. His heart would sink down to his bowels like lead —Thomas Wolfe
  12. Looked and acted like a man who had just driven home from a couple of heart-rending funerals —George Ade

    See Also: FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, SERIOUS

  13. Melancholy as a discarded statesman —William Mountford
  14. Melancholy as a fiddle with one string —Thomas Holcroft
  15. My heart is within me as an ash in the fire —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  16. My heart was as lead —Jack London
  17. Pathetic as all final efforts —Alice McDermott
  18. Pathetic as an autumn leaf —George Moore
  19. (A low call,) plaintive as a shepherd calling, to sheep who need no strident invocation —Arthur A. Cohen
  20. Sad as an eagle without wings, sad as a violin with only one string —Jean Rhys
  21. Sad as night —William Shakespeare
  22. Sad as professional mourners —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Sad as twilight —George Eliot
  24. Saddening as a forest fire —Robert Traver
  25. Sad like graveyards —Terry Bisson
  26. Sad … like somebody who’s pilot light got blown out a long time ago —Susan Kelly
  27. Sadness … gnawed like a rat at his mind —Roderic Jeffries
  28. Sadness, like that inspired by a grave strain of music —Joseph Conrad
  29. Sadness that, over the years, had gathered in his chest like matter in a clogged drain —Joyce Reiser Kornblatt
  30. There would come, like water washing over a sunken buoy, the little knell of sadness —Hortense Calisher

Just as similes are used to give dramatic beginning to literary works, they can also be used to wind things up, as demonstrated by this final sentence from Calisher’s novel, Point of Departure.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sadness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-beingsadness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
dolefulness - sadness caused by grief or affliction
heaviness - persisting sadness; "nothing lifted the heaviness of her heart after her loss"
melancholy - a feeling of thoughtful sadness
misery - a feeling of intense unhappiness; "she was exhausted by her misery and grief"
forlornness, loneliness, desolation - sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
tearfulness, weepiness - sadness expressed by weeping
sorrow - an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement; "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"
regret, ruefulness, sorrow, rue - sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment; "he drank to drown his sorrows"; "he wrote a note expressing his regret"; "to his rue, the error cost him the game"
cheerlessness, uncheerfulness - a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness
depression - sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
dejectedness, dispiritedness, downheartedness, low-spiritedness, lowness - a feeling of low spirits; "he felt responsible for her lowness of spirits"
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
2.sadness - the state of being sad; "she tired of his perpetual sadness"
unhappiness - state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief
bereavement, mourning - state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
poignance, poignancy - a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow; "a moment of extraordinary poignancy"
3.sadness - the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness
uncheerfulness - not conducive to cheer or good spirits

sadness

sadness

noun
Translations
smutek
sorg
dapurleiki
smutektristeza
žalost
hüzünüzgünlüküzücü

sadness

[ˈsædnɪs] Ntristeza f

sadness

[ˈsædnɪs] ntristesse f

sadness

nTraurigkeit f; our sadness at his deathunsere Trauer über seinen Tod

sadness

[ˈsædnɪs] ntristezza

sad

(sӕd) adjective
unhappy or causing unhappiness. She's sad because her son is ill; a sad face.
ˈsadness noun
ˈsadden verb
to make or become sad. She was saddened by her son's ingratitude.
ˈsadly adverb
He stared sadly at the ruins of his house.

sadness

n. tristeza, melancolía.

sadness

n tristeza
References in classic literature ?
Beth watched it till it vanished, and her eyes were full of sadness.
He had a habit of talking aloud to himself, and early in life a spirit of quiet sadness often took possession of him.
The old man's smile, as he listened, was so full of sadness, of pity for things, that I never afterward forgot it.
Each drew a chair, and while the veteran communed a few moments with his own thoughts, apparently in sadness, the youth suppressed his impatience in a look and attitude of respectful attention.
Hepzibah, whenever she happened to witness one of these fits of miniature enthusiasm, would shake her head, with a strange mingling of the mother and sister, and of pleasure and sadness, in her aspect.
There was no other attribute that so much impressed her with a sense of new and untransmitted vigour in Pearl's nature, as this never failing vivacity of spirits: she had not the disease of sadness, which almost all children, in these latter days, inherit, with the scrofula, from the troubles of their ancestors.
No evening I had passed at Bly had the portentous quality of this one; in spite of which--and in spite also of the deeper depths of consternation that had opened beneath my feet--there was literally, in the ebbing actual, an extraordinarily sweet sadness.
There seemed but little in the words, but the tone conveyed more of deep helpless sadness than the insane old man had ever before evinced.
The death of Mira, the absence of John, who had been her special comrade, the sadness of her mother, the isolation of the little house, and the pinching economies that went on within it, all conspired to depress a child who was so sensitive to beauty and harmony as Rebecca.
While on their way, they would make the dense old woods, for miles around, reverberate with their wild songs, revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness.
She played over every favourite song that she had been used to play to Willoughby, every air in which their voices had been oftenest joined, and sat at the instrument gazing on every line of music that he had written out for her, till her heart was so heavy that no farther sadness could be gained; and this nourishment of grief was every day applied.
Having given some further directions, and intimates that he should call again the next day, he departed; to my grief: I felt so sheltered and befriended while he sat in the chair near my pillow; and as he closed the door after him, all the room darkened and my heart again sank: inexpressible sadness weighed it down.