(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.
(1) This was the tragedy that established Bridge Farm as the most woebegone of Archers homesteads.
(2) You have understood that come the day when no one believes in you, when you are no more than a woebegone troll, no one will want you.” Although a fan of the press, Moses acknowledged Ipso would occasionally make unpopular decisions: “But we are not here to be popular.
(3) Woebegone Andrew Lansley was assured there would be "no stepping off the gas".
(4) Samuel Eto'o, to take one case history, is a woebegone character in futile search of the predatory skills he has mislaid.
(5) Sometimes there are obstacles plonked in front of the door: anything from high chairs, bikes and toilet rolls to – I remember once – three woebegone dogs.