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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sadly, unhappilyadverb

    in an unfortunate way

    "sadly he died before he could see his grandchild"

  2. sadlyadverb

    with sadness; in a sad manner

    "`She died last night,' he said sadly"

  3. deplorably, lamentably, sadly, woefullyadverb

    in an unfortunate or deplorable manner

    "he was sadly neglected"; "it was woefully inadequate"


  1. sadlyadverb

    In a sad manner; sorrowfully.

  2. sadlyadverb

    Unfortunately, sad to say.

  3. sadlyadverb

    Deeply, completely.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sadlyadverb

    Etymology: from sad.

    My father is gone wild into his grave;
    For in his tomb lie my affections;
    And with his spirit sadly I survive,
    To mock the expectations of the world. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He griev’d, he wept, the sight an image brought
    Of his own filial love; a sadly pleasing thought. Dryden.

    He sadly suffers in their grief,
    Out-weeps an hermit, and out-prays a saint. Dryden.

    Common dangers past, a sadly pleasing theme. Dryden.

    We may at present easily see, and one day sadly feel. South.


  1. Sadly

    Sadness is an emotional pain associated with, or characterized by, feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, grief, helplessness, disappointment and sorrow. An individual experiencing sadness may become quiet or lethargic, and withdraw themselves from others. An example of severe sadness is depression, a mood which can be brought on by major depressive disorder or persistent depressive disorder. Crying can be an indication of sadness.Sadness is one of the six basic emotions described by Paul Ekman, along with happiness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust.: 271–4 


  1. sadly

    Sadly is an adverb that describes feeling or expressing grief, disappointment, or sorrow. It's often used to emphasize a regrettable or unfortunate reality or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sadlyadverb

    wearily; heavily; firmly

  2. Sadlyadverb

    seriously; soberly; gravely

  3. Sadlyadverb

    grievously; deeply; sorrowfully; miserably

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sadly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4628

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sadly' in Adverbs Frequency: #299

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sadly in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sadly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Sadly in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Christopher Bobbitt:

    As I have said publicly before, hate has no home in Lawrence Township. As someone that has felt its sting, I know that bigotry exists and sadly will continue to exist but that doesn't mean that I give up. Instead I look to find allies that will help me fight the cancer of bigotry.

  2. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    Sadly, the fiddler on the roof is no longer with us. The strings of the fiddle have fallen silent. The story of Haim Topol’s life has been sealed but I am certain that his contribution to Israeli culture will live on for generations, he greatly loved the land of Israel, and the people of Israel loved him in return.

  3. Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

    Sadly, Acting Secretary Modly's actions and words demonstrate his failure to prioritize the force protection of our troops.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    Very sadly, the facts have made clear that The President abused The President power for The President own personal, political benefit and that The President obstructed Congress as The President demanded that The President is above accountability, above the Constitution and above the American people, during this very prayerful moment in our nation's history, we must honor our oath to support and defend our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

  5. Israel Martinez:

    They were human beings, it was terrible, we( migrants) come to this country for a better life and yesterday reminded many of us that sadly, some of us achieve it but many others don't do it.

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