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Sadness appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Oh, the sadness of her sadness when she's sad.
    Oh, the gladness of her gladness when she's glad.
    But the sadness of her sadness,
    and the gladness of her gladness,
    are nothing like her madness when she's mad!

Sadness appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Marge, let's send a sadness-telegram.
  • Dahlia petals aren’t raped in sadness: send a snide partner a slate pail had.
  • Enola and Marge let an idea Nita proposed in sadness send a snide sop, or, patinaed in a telegram, DNA alone.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sadness:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun sadness and its most common antonym:


The word sadness is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sadness

What does sadness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sadnesses

  1. emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
  2. the state of being sad
    • example: she tired of his perpetual sadness
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of sadness: sorrow / sorrowfulness
    • more generic word: unhappiness = state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief
    • more specific words:
  3. the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness

Alternative definition of the noun sadness


  1. [uncountable] The state or emotion of being sad.
  2. [countable] An event in one's life that causes sadness.


"Sadness" was a survival horror video game in development by Nibris for the Wii console and was one of the earliest titles announced for the system. While the game initially drew positive attention for its unique gameplay concepts, such as black-and-white graphics and emphasis on psychological horror over violence, Sadness became notorious when no evidence of a playable build was ever publicly released during the four years it spent in development. It was revealed that Sadness had entered development hell due to problems with deadlines and relationships with external developers, leading to its eventual cancellation by 2010, along with the permanent closure of the company.

  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Nibris
  • genres: Survival horror, Psychological horror, Adventure game
  • released in (7 years ago)


"Sadness" is a 1999 documentary film directed by Tony Ayres.

  • country: Australia
  • language: English Language
  • genre: Documentary film
  • released in (17 years ago)
  • award:


  1. "Sadness" is a musical album of Absurd.
  2. "Sadness" is a musical album of Arkadiusz Reikowski.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Sadness" is a musical single of Led Apple.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  4. "Sadness" is a musical single of Chris M.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Sadness" is a musical single of DJ Yves.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  6. "Sadness" is a musical single of Porno for Pyros.
    • released on (21 years ago)


Sadness is a musical group.

  • albums: "Danteferno", "Ames de Marbre", "Evangelion"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sadness

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Google previewHuman Emotions (2007)

A Sociological Theory by Jonathan H. Turner

Sadness is the last of the primary emotions listed in Table 1.2. And, in many ways , it is the most complicated because...

Google previewEmotion Rituals (2007)

A Resource for Therapists and Clients by David W. McMillan

Sadness Defined Sadness is a response to loss and separation from what we desire and need. Our body has certain constant states that...

Google previewTrauma Practice (2014)

Tools for Stabilization and Recovery by Anna Baranowsky, J. Eric Gentry

And the problem with stuffing our sadness is that it does not go away. It piles up. ... The truth about sadness is that although it feels as if we will die or be overwhelmed by it, we actually will not...

Because sadness is a normal, natural emotion.

Google previewEvagrius Ponticus and Cognitive Science (2010)

A Look at Moral Evil and the Thoughts by George Tsakiridis

In this way, sadness is a type of “depression” brought on by wishing things were different than ...

Google previewBetween Philosophy and Religion, Vol. II (2010)

Spinoza, the Bible, and Modernity by Brayton Polka

Consequently,happiness is the transition of man from lesser to greater perfection, while sadness is the transition of...

Google previewOur Happy Time (2014)

by Gong Ji-young

Sadness is a wealth that you cannot give away. That is because you can give everything else to other people, but you cannot give yourself to others. Everyone is tragic. Tragedy is a scar that you alone carry forever. River of tears, river of ...

Google previewThe Inner Life of the Dying Person (2014)

by Allan Kellehear

Since sadness is a word so frequently identified with professional-problem terms such as depression or grief, and because the wider discussion of sorrow is also commonly subsumed or co-opted into broader and murkier debates and theories ...

Google previewPracticing the Presence of People (2011)

How We Learn to Love by Mike Mason

Sadness is the appropriate response to looking our poor, miserable selves square in the eye, denying nothing yet refusing to condemn.

Google previewThe Psychology of Emotions (1991)

by Carroll E. Izard

Sadness is a single emotion that has its own particular expression as well as its unique subjective experience. Depression involves a complex combination of emotions, images, memories, and thoughts. It also involves bodily states. Sadness ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Emotion (2010)

by Gretchen M. Reevy

Sadness is an emotional reaction to a perceived loss, lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. The sad individual may have suffered the death of a loved one, lost a relationship, a job, or a home, or received a low score ...

Google previewThe Outlines of Materia Medica & Clinical Dictionary (1997)

by Henry Buck

THIS valuable remedy was considered, by Hahnemann, to be especially adapted for the affections of persons who possess a mild, placid, benevolent disposition, inclined to sadness, easily moved to compassion ; or the gay and lively, ...

Google previewYour Spiritual Dictionary (2015)

To Make Your Life Journey Easier by Erishka Fridman-Catt

sadness. When you feel upset you generally don't want to hear people saying 'it's ok; everything will work out for the best; it is for your highest good in the long term' etc. Deep inside you know it all but at this very moment you want this situation ...

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Quotes about Sadness


Life ends in sadness
It does not know any other way
Even if it is the best death
Even if it is with a ‘kiss’
It ends in sadness.
Life ends in sadness
There is no other way. (Shalom Freedman)
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Scrabble value of S1A1D2N1E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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