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Saddening Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    saddening adj : causing or suggestive of sorrow or gloom; "a gloomy outlook"; "gloomy news" [syn: depressing, depressive, gloomy]
Saddening Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sadden \Sad"den\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saddened; p. pr. & vb. n. Saddening.] To make sad. Specifically: (a) To render heavy or cohesive. [Obs.] Marl is binding, and saddening of land is the great prejudice it doth to clay lands. --Mortimer. (b) To make dull- or sad-colored, as cloth. (c) To make grave or serious; to make melancholy or sorrowful. Her gloomy presence saddens all the scene. --Pope.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Saddening'


Sadness is an emotion characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, helplessness, sorrow, and rage. When sad, people often become outspoken, less energetic, and emotional.

Sadness can be viewed as a temporary lowering of mood, whereas depression is characterized by a persistent and intense lowered mood, as well as disruption to one's ability to function in day to day matters.

Sadness is an unpleasant emotion that has been medicalized. People who express sadness, such as after the death of a parent or child, are often told that they should seek medical care rather than being reassured that it is a normal response to loss.

Facial expressions of sadness with small pupils are judged significantly more intensely sad with decreasing pupil size. A person's own pupil size also mirrors this with them being smaller when viewing sad faces with small pupils. No parallel effect exists when people look at neutral, happy or angry expressions.

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  • Malaysia Airlines announces that passengers most likely did not survive crash in remote location of Indian Ocean
    Malaysia Airlines has made the saddening statement that the passengers of the missing flight 370 did not make it when the airplane landed in a remote area in the Indian Ocean. read more Read more on this news related to 'Saddening'
  • The Ultimate Warrior dead at 54
    Shocking and saddening news came out late Tuesday night. Less than a day after appearing on Raw to celebrate his 2014 WWE Hall of Fame induction, the world of professional wrestling lost The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Read more on this news related to 'Saddening'
  • HOMELESSNESS: Re: the Death of David Simmons
    I find it saddening that Ms. Uribe first blames people who routinely dedicate themselves to community outreach on the homeless among us and then proceeds to chastise the Berkeley Police Department, alleging that their combined "failures" led to the recent sad death of David Simmons. Read more on this news related to 'Saddening'

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