sadness

Someone who's blue feels sadness, like a little girl whose best friend has moved away.

Use the noun sadness when you're talking about sorrow. Sadness may be the overwhelming mood at a funeral, for example, or an elderly man might describe his life's greatest sadness as letting his childhood sweetheart get away. An interesting thing about sadness is that its original meaning was "seriousness." It wasn't until the 1600s that it came to mean "full of sorrow."

DEFINITIONS OF: sadness

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n the state of being sad

“she tired of his perpetual sadness
Synonyms:
sorrow, sorrowfulness
Types:
bereavement, mourning
state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
poignance, poignancy
a state of deeply felt distress or sorrow
Type of:
unhappiness
state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief

n emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being

Synonyms:
unhappiness
Antonyms:
happiness
emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
Types:
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dolefulness
sadness caused by grief or affliction
heaviness
persisting sadness
melancholy
a feeling of thoughtful sadness
misery
a feeling of intense unhappiness
desolation, forlornness, loneliness
sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
tearfulness, weepiness
sadness expressed by weeping
sorrow
an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement
regret, rue, ruefulness, sorrow
sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment
cheerlessness, uncheerfulness
a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness
depression
sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
dejectedness, dispiritedness, downheartedness, low-spiritedness, lowness
a feeling of low spirits
gloom, gloominess, somberness, sombreness
a feeling of melancholy apprehension
heavyheartedness
a feeling of dispirited melancholy
brooding, pensiveness
persistent morbid meditation on a problem
Weltschmerz, world-weariness
sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
attrition, contriteness, contrition
sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
broken heart
devastating sorrow and despair
brokenheartedness, grief, heartache, heartbreak
intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
mournfulness, ruthfulness, sorrowfulness
a state of gloomy sorrow
compunction, remorse, self-reproach
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
joylessness
a feeling of dismal cheerlessness
demoralisation, demoralization
depression resulting from an undermining of your morale
helplessness
a feeling of being unable to manage
self-pity
a feeling of sorrow (often self-indulgent) over your own sufferings
despondence, despondency, disconsolateness, heartsickness
feeling downcast and disheartened and hopeless
oppression, oppressiveness
a feeling of being oppressed
dysphoria
abnormal depression and discontent
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n the quality of excessive mournfulness and uncheerfulness

Synonyms:
gloominess, lugubriousness
Type of:
uncheerfulness
not conducive to cheer or good spirits
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