Adjective "sad" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/sad/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Feeling or showing sorrow; unhappy.
  1. 'they looked at her with sad, anxious faces'
  2. 'His son had been killed and he was a sad broken old man with a terrible tale to tell.'
  3. 'The last twenty years of Plumb's life were increasingly sad, lonely and unhappy.'
  4. 'I can feel depressed and sad enough just knowing about tragedy in a generalized sense.'
  5. 'Every time I felt unhappy and sad I just ate what I wanted and made myself sick.'
  6. 'This may sound horribly sad and depressing to all you free teens but in fact I liked the quiet life.'
  7. 'For a few it is a constant companion, shading even the brightest of days, rendering them sad and melancholy.'
  8. 'She cast a sad momentary glance around the room then stood up to retrieve her coat.'
  9. 'So, to think about if for very long is quite overwhelming, upsetting and very sad.'
  10. 'Christmas can be a sad and depressing time for many of us who will be spending it alone.'
  11. 'he told her the sad story of his life'
  12. 'Two nights out with two of my oldest friends, each with a different and sad story about life in London in 2003.'
  13. 'I think it is a sad reflection on society that teenage girls can get pregnant.'
  14. 'It is a sad and extraordinary story, and one that needed to be told.'
  15. 'The story is a sad indictment of the values now perhaps inevitably prevailing in the entertainment business.'
  16. 'Why then should we close the pubs because of one sad and unfortunate accident in Bradshawgate?'
  17. 'In his autobiography Russell reports this sad interlude with agonized regret.'
  18. 'It seems to be the sad story of most weekends that the weather turns to windy.'
  19. 'The fifth column this week is a sad reflection of what journalism has come to.'
  20. 'The whole sad story indicates how badly the police force has dealt with the concerns of women.'
  21. 'Her biography of Nietzsche is a double hagiography, comic and almost sad in its reflection of her own will to power.'
  22. 'It is a sad reflection on our societies that we have to escape from reality in these ways.'
Pathetically inadequate or unfashionable.
  1. 'Even if you are very successful in other areas, your poor sad mind is not being given a chance to be free.'
  2. 'It's sad that they leave rubbish behind and equally sad that the resources of the council have to be deployed to clear it up.'
  3. 'It is no art, just a sad, quite sad, attempt at craft, clever and crude, for commerce.'
  4. 'The sad thing about finishing second at the Masters is that you are so easily forgotten'
  5. 'There's no shame in being on your own, but eating that sort of rubbish - now that is sad.'
  6. 'It is a sad and pathetic world outlook that we are hearing from the National Party.'
  7. 'It's a sad and pathetic conclusion but I see no evidence that suggests any different.'
  8. 'John Sweeney has attempted a sad little smear against his foe which rebounded in terrible fashion on him.'
  9. 'It could be cool, or on the other hand, it could be incredibly sad and pathetic.'
  10. 'The women defending the practice of underage sex seem terribly sad to me.'
(of dough) heavy through having failed to rise.

    Seasonal affective disorder.

      Definitions

      1. affected by unhappiness or grief; sorrowful or mournful: to feel sad because a close friend has moved away.

      2. expressive of or characterized by sorrow: sad looks; a sad song.

      3. causing sorrow: a sad disappointment; sad news.

      4. (of color) somber, dark, or dull; drab.

      5. deplorably bad; sorry: a sad attempt.

      6. Obsolete. firm or steadfast.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "people can be sad for people."

      "people can be sad in/at/on times."

      "people can be sad for countries."

      "people can be sad at things."

      "people can be sad for friends."

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      Origin

      Old English sæd ‘sated, weary’, also ‘weighty, dense’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zat and German satt, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin satis ‘enough’. The original meaning was replaced in Middle English by the senses ‘steadfast, firm’ and ‘serious, sober’, and later ‘sorrowful’.

      Phrase

      sad to say