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sad

sad

 
pronunciation:
saed
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: sadder, saddest
definition 1: despondent, unhappy, or sorrowful.
He was sad for months after her death.
 
synonyms:
blue, depressed, doleful, down in the mouth, heavy-hearted, low, melancholy, sorrowful, unhappy, woeful
antonyms:
blithe, cheerful, glad, happy, joyful, joyous, merry, sunny
similar words:
crestfallen, dejected, disconsolate, down, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, heartsick, heavy, joyless, lugubrious, morose, mournful, regretful, rueful, woebegone
definition 2: causing sorrow or grief.
The closing of the factory was a sad event.The movie had a sad ending.
synonyms:
deplorable, dolorous, gloomy, lamentable, melancholy, rueful, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woeful
antonyms:
joyful, joyous, merry
similar words:
dismal, distressing, doleful, grievous, mournful, painful, tearful, unfortunate
definition 3: characterized by sorrow.
It was a sad day for everyone.Her face wore a sad expression.
synonyms:
gloomy, rueful, sorrowful, sorry, unhappy, woeful
antonyms:
happy, joyful, joyous, merry
similar words:
dismal, distressing, dolorous, unfortunate
definition 4: regrettable.
This is a sad situation and we'll have to rectify it.
synonyms:
regrettable, unfortunate, unhappy
similar words:
doleful, infelicitous, lamentable, rueful, sorry, woeful
derivations: sadly (adv.), sadness (n.)
Word History
The word sad has been part of the English language for many centuries but did not mean "unhappy" until the 1300s. In Old English, "sad" meant "satisfied." Later, it came to mean "tired or weary of."
Word Builder: sad +
  • sadly:
    in a sad way.
  • sadness:
    the condition of being sad.
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feeling sad