Definition of sadness in English:



  • [mass noun] The condition or quality of being sad.

    ‘a source of great sadness’
    [count noun] ‘it is one of life's sadnesses’
    • ‘I wonder how much of this is just the sadness at the slow fading away of the friendship.’
    • ‘And the joy even spills over onto the small sadnesses.’
    • ‘There is a great deal of learning necessary ahead for Prince William, and there is no question that Prince William has to know about war and the sadnesses that go with it before he is ready to be monarch.’
    • ‘However, my delight at the demise of the Western bypass is tinged with sadness.’
    • ‘They belong to a stoic breed that ‘just got on with it’ whether circumstances included disagreements, upsets, sadnesses or disappointments.’
    • ‘But mixed with their feelings of sadness is the sense that the company has let them down.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It is one of life's sadnesses that we can't keep our dogs as long as we would wish.’
    • ‘News of his death has caused deep sadness among all who had the pleasure of knowing him.’
    • ‘As we have seen, emotionally autumn is a time to be aware of and release our sadness and grief.’
    • ‘Yet you are never far from reminders of the sadness and regret that suffuses the mind of the composer.’
    • ‘We come together this evening more in a mood of celebration of his life than in a mood of sadness.’
    • ‘I feel a sense of deep sadness, verging on depression, about the situation in Asia.’
    • ‘The Abbot expressed his sadness over the fact that it would be impossible to go ahead with the project.’
    • ‘It is inspirational that out of so much chronic pain and sadness can come an annual event which is so positive.’
    • ‘The sadness on the faces of those in the midst of the devastation told it's own tale.’
    • ‘The grieving mother of a York soldier killed when his car crashed into a tree has told of her sadness at his death.’
    • ‘Some of the stories are hugely entertaining but there is a lot of sadness in the book as well.’
    • ‘Over the past week I've been undecided whether it's a day for celebration or sadness.’
    • ‘At a certain point in the series I faced a deep well of grief and sadness and was encouraged to dive right into it.’
    • ‘One level is sadness and sorrow and anger at a really traumatic and huge loss of life.’
    unhappiness, sorrow, dejection, regret, depression, misery, cheerlessness, downheartedness, despondency, despair, desolation, wretchedness, glumness, gloom, gloominess, dolefulness, melancholy, low spirits, mournfulness, woe, broken-heartedness, heartache, grief
    disconsolateness, disconsolation, dismalness
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