(v. t.) To make grave or serious; to make melancholy or sorrowful.
(v. i.) To become, or be made, sad.
(1) We are deeply saddened," said Nyan Win, a spokesman of National League for Democracy.
(2) A statement from the club read: "Everybody at Sheffield United is extremely shocked and saddened to learn of the death of former player and manager Gary Speed.
(3) Maybe that's why it saddens me so much to say that with every passing generation, the original syntactical structure of a language diminishes further.
(4) A spokesman for Downing Street said: "The prime minister was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Gary Speed, who was greatly respected by football fans across the country both as a player and manager.
(5) In a statement issue by his office, British prime minister David Cameron said: "I am deeply saddened by the news that the bodies of the three Israeli boys kidnapped on 12 June have been found this evening.
(6) It said in a statement: "We are saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn.
(7) Vandals have spray painted the word “evil” across a far north Queensland mosque – an act the local mayor describes as deeply saddening.
(8) I am truly saddened by Dick’s decision but I respect him for his honesty and for doing what he feels is right for the club,” said Sunderland’s owner.
(9) The NCYPE's chief executive, David Ford, said: "We are very saddened to hear this news.
(10) "I'm aware that a number of my friends will be saddened, or shocked, or shocked-saddened, over some of the chapters of The Catcher in the Rye.
(11) It still saddens me that we insist on having the changeover in August in the middle of school holidays and by far the busiest month for consultants to take their leave.
(12) Sports journalist Patrick Kidd said he was "immensely saddened" by Harding's "enforced resignation".
(13) Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, said they were greatly saddened to hear of the two deaths.
(14) Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, added: "We are shocked and saddened to hear the news that a teacher has been stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.
(15) In his article, Smith writes: "What really saddens me, though, is seeing the Environment Agency's work and expertise in flood-risk management, internationally respected and locally praised in many parts of the country, being used as a political football for a good media story."
(16) Last week, Ward said he was "saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new state of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza".
(17) Ghani immediately sacked Sharifi and said in a statement he was “deeply saddened” by the incident.
(18) I am saddened by what is happening to Yemen – the wars, the bombings, the destruction,” said Samir.
(19) The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, who spoke on the phone with Marois in what was described as a "cordial first contact", said he was "angered and saddened" by the shooting.
(20) "I would not only be surprised but deeply saddened if I thought anyone came away from that video feeling taken advantage of, or compromised in any way," she wrote.
() of Seethe
(imp. & p. p.) of Sod
(p. p.) Boiled; seethed; also, soaked; heavy with moisture; saturated; as, sodden beef; sodden bread; sodden fields.
(v. i.) To be seethed; to become sodden.
(v. t.) To soak; to make heavy with water.
(1) There's only so much traipsing sodden hills one person can do; once your Pringles supply from the nearest point of civilisation has been depleted, and anyone with bones ripe for jumping carries the risk of a shared grandparent, it's a wonder more people don't while away the long nights with a spot of leisurely murder.
(2) Britain's sodden fields mean the debate about climate change is now no longer confined to some abstruse problem affecting glaciers in far-off countries.
(3) Here was a woman, "dismal, drab, embarrassing," sodden with "self-pity," who in the Golden Notebook had single-handedly set back the women's movement "a good long way".
(4) Twelve miles north across sodden fields at the confluence of the rivers Bosna and Sava, Samac was the last Bosnian town to be hit by flooding, and the last where waters receded.
(5) The stands are empty; the pitch, still sodden and scarred from recent international rugby union clashes, is unused.
(6) The house was freezing and water was leaking from a ceiling light socket on Jaffar as he tried to sleep in his sodden bed.” The family continued to suffer racist abuse, according to social services, as did Ibrahim Kamara and his mother Khadijah.
(7) This being rain-sodden rural Devon, and the roads being narrow and flooded, the journey took me the best part of 45 minutes each way, and Richard, one of the Bothy's owners, very kindly accompanied me in his four by four for the first stretch, to make sure my ailing Toyota Yaris got through the floods.
(8) "I'm ill, my body is reacting to this," said Colic from the sodden concrete space that was once her front room.
(9) Still, we could have done with a Jubilee-style cutaway to the sodden picnickers sitting on drenched rugs, clutching rain-diluted fizz as their bottoms, now unquestionably soggy, sank into the mud.
(10) Each bubble has had to be bigger than the last in order to get the growth back to something considered acceptable, which is why the US went into this crisis with debt-sodden consumers and over-extended banks.
(11) There are few kitchen sights sadder than a deep-tin drizzle cake which is sodden on top with a bone dry bottom.
(12) With this in mind, I'd like to thank Kerry for the heart-swelling joy of seeing her stand in the rain, and with due regard for decent taste, craning her neck for a better view in her plastic mac and sodden deely boppers.
(13) A sodden October night in Stoke proved as demoralising for José Mourinho as it sounds as the Capital One Cup holders, having taken this fourth-round tie into extra time thanks to Loïc Rémy’s stoppage-time equaliser, were knocked out of the competition to compound the pressure bearing down on the Chelsea manager.
(14) In one diary Napper referred to several women, calling one a "sodden filthy bitch".
(15) I hate the sin but ah love the sinner," honked the freshly convicted Fiz, face sodden with snot, and with a final grimace of embarrassment John Stape gurgled his last, his newly bearded soul presumably passing through purgatory's rigorous decontamination process before ascending to the Dead Soap Bastard sty in the sky.
(16) At that stage the Poles appeared to be wilting, their conviction draining quicker than the sodden pitch, only for England to doze off.
(17) It wasn't as wild as the US embassy in Kabul, but Nicholson's officers were nevertheless incredulous when they learned that the office had held an alcohol-sodden "Lash Vegas Pimps and Hos" bash while the marines were struggling to pacify Marja.
(18) Those economies, such as the UK and the United States, that have become progressively more unequal – FTSE 100 directors’ pay rose 21% last year, while average wages remain tightly squeezed – have also become progressively more debt-sodden and more vulnerable to financial crises.
(19) Men and women in hi-vis jackets and blue chest-high waders fill wheelbarrows with woodchips and spread them on the sodden riverbank.
(20) As I was standing, with a sodden piece of cardboard around my neck, slowly turning to mush in the rain, knowing that the pre-sales to the show were nil, I saw one of my former colleagues walk towards me.