deplorable, distressing, lamentable, pitiful, sad, sorry

(adjective) bad; unfortunate; “my finances were in a deplorable state”; “a lamentable decision”; “her clothes were in sad shape”; “a sorry state of affairs”


(adjective) experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; “feeling sad because his dog had died”; “Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad”- Christina Rossetti


(adjective) of things that make you feel sad; “sad news”; “she doesn’t like sad movies”; “it was a very sad story”; “When I am dead, my dearest, / Sing no sad songs for me”- Christina Rossetti

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


sad (comparative sadder or more sad, superlative most sad)

(heading) Emotionally negative.

Feeling sorrow; sorrowful, mournful.

Appearing sorrowful.

Causing sorrow; lamentable.

Poor in quality, bad; shameful, deplorable; later, regrettable, poor.

Of colours: dark, deep; later, sombre, dull.

(obsolete) Sated, having had one's fill; satisfied, weary.

(obsolete) Steadfast, valiant.

(obsolete) Dignified, serious, grave.

(obsolete) Naughty; troublesome; wicked.

(slang) Unfashionable; socially inadequate or undesirable.

(dialect) Soggy (to refer to pastries).

(obsolete) Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard.


• (feeling mentally uncomfortable): discomforted, distressed, uncomfortable, unhappy

• (low in spirits): depressed, down in the dumps, glum, melancholy

• (moving, full of feeling): poignant, touching

• (causing sorrow): lamentable

• (poor in quality): pitiful, sorry

• See also sad

• See also lamentable


• happy

• cheerful

• gleeful, upbeat

• decent


sad (third-person singular simple present sads, present participle sadding, simple past and past participle sadded)

(transitive, archaic) To make melancholy; to sadden or grieve (someone).

Etymology 2


sad (plural sads)

Alternative form of saad (“Arabic letter”)


• ADS, ADs, ASD, AdS, Ads, DA's, DAS, DAs, DSA, SDA, ads, das


SAD (plural SADs)

(medicine) Initialism of seasonal affective disorder.

Initialism of standard American diet.

(US) Initialism of Special Activities Division.

(psychology) Initialism of social anxiety disorder.

(X-ray crystallography) Initialism of single-wavelength anomalous dispersion.


• ADS, ADs, ASD, AdS, Ads, DA's, DAS, DAs, DSA, SDA, ads, das

Source: Wiktionary

Sad, a. [Compar. Sadder; supperl. Saddest.] Etym: [OE. sad sated, tired, satisfied, firm, steadfast, AS. sæd satisfied, sated; akin to D. zat, OS. sad, G. tt, OHG. sat, sa, saddr, Goth. saps, Lith. sotus, L. sat, satis, enough, satur sated, Gr. Assets, Sate, Satiate, Satisfy Satire.]

1. Sated; satisfied; weary; tired. [Obs.] Yet of that art they can not waxen sad, For unto them it is a bitter sweet. Chaucer.

2. Heavy; weighty; ponderous; close; hard. [Obs., except in a few phrases; as, sad bread.] His hand, more sad than lump of lead. Spenser. Chalky lands are naturally cold and sad. Mortimer.

3. Dull; grave; dark; somber; -- said of colors. "Sad-colored clothes." Walton. Woad, or wade, is used by the dyers to lay the foundation of all sad colors. Mortimer.

4. Serious; grave; sober; steadfast; not light or frivolous. [Obs.] "Ripe and sad courage." Bacon. Which treaty was wisely handled by sad and discrete counsel of both parties. Ld. Berners.

5. Affected with grief or unhappiness; cast down with affliction; downcast; gloomy; mournful. First were we sad, fearing you would not come; Now sadder, that you come so unprovided. Shak. The angelic guards ascended, mute and sad. Milton.

6. Afflictive; calamitous; causing sorrow; as, a sad accident; a sad misfortune.

7. Hence, bad; naughty; troublesome; wicked. [Colloq.] "Sad tipsy fellows, both of them." I. Taylor.

Note: Sad is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, sad-colored, sad-eyed, sad-hearted, sad-looking, and the like. Sad bread, heavy bread. [Scot. & Local, U.S.] Bartlett.


– Sorrowful; mournful; gloomy; dejected; depressed; cheerless; downcast; sedate; serious; grave; grievous; afflictive; calamitous.

Sad, v. t.

Definition: To make sorrowful; to sadden. [Obs.] How it sadded the minister's spirits! H. Peters.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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