Definitions for sadness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sadsæd(adj.)sad•der, sad•dest.

  1. affected by unhappiness or grief; sorrowful or mournful:

    to feel sad.

  2. expressive of or characterized by sorrow:

    a sad song.

  3. causing sorrow:

    sad news.

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

  5. deplorably bad; sorry:

    a sad attempt.

  6. Obs. firm or steadfast.

Origin of sad:

bef. 1000; ME; OE sæd grave, heavy, weary, orig. sated, full



  1. seasonal affective disorder.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sadness, unhappiness(noun)

    emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

  2. sadness, sorrow, sorrowfulness(noun)

    the state of being sad

    "she tired of his perpetual sadness"

  3. gloominess, lugubriousness, sadness(noun)

    the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sadness(noun)æd

    unhappiness or sorrow

    the deep sadness in her eyes; the sadness of watching someone die


  1. sadness(Noun)

    The state or emotion of being sad.

  2. sadness(Noun)

    An event in one's life that causes sadness.

    She has experienced many sadnesses in her forty years.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sadness(noun)

    heaviness; firmness

  2. Sadness(noun)

    seriousness; gravity; discretion

  3. Sadness(noun)

    quality of being sad, or unhappy; gloominess; sorrowfulness; dejection


  1. Sadness

    Sadness is emotional pain associated with, or characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness and sorrow. An individual experiencing sadness may become quiet or lethargic, and withdraw themselves from others. Crying is often an indication of sadness. Sadness is one of the "six basic emotions" described by Paul Ekman, along with happiness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust. Sadness can be viewed as a temporary lowering of mood, whereas depression is more chronic.

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