See also: sådden

English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English saddenen, equivalent to sad +‎ -en.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsædən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ædən

Verb edit

sadden (third-person singular simple present saddens, present participle saddening, simple past and past participle saddened)

  1. (transitive) To make sad or unhappy.
    It saddens me to think that I might have hurt someone.
    • 1717, Alexander Pope, “Eloisa to Abelard”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: [] W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintot, [], published 1717, →OCLC:
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter VII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. [] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
  2. (intransitive, rare) To become sad or unhappy.
    • 1850, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, [], →OCLC, Canto VIII:
      He saddens, all the magic light
      ⁠Dies off at once from bower and hall,
      ⁠And all the place is dark, and all
      The chambers emptied of delight: […]
    • 1999, Mary Ann Mitchell, Drawn To The Grave[1]:
      Hyacinth perfume tickled her senses, making her feel giddy, but she saddened when she saw how uncared for the garden was.
  3. (transitive, rare) To darken a color during dyeing.
  4. (transitive) To render heavy or cohesive.
    • 1707, J[ohn] Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry; or, The Way of Managing and Improving of Land. [], 2nd edition, London: [] J[ohn] H[umphreys] for H[enry] Mortlock [], and J[onathan] Robinson [], published 1708, →OCLC:
      Marle's binding and sadning of land being the great Prejudice it doth to Clay-lands.

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Northern Sami edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈsadːden/

Verb edit


  1. first-person singular past indicative of saddit