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Middle English, from Old English sæd sated; akin to Old High German sat sated, Latin satis enough


  • 1a : affected with or expressive of grief or unhappiness : downcast
b (1) : causing or associated with grief or unhappiness : depressing <sad news> (2) : regrettable, deplorable <a sad relaxation of morals — C. W. Cunnington>
c : of little worth
  • 2: of a dull somber color


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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