Definition of sadly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsadli


  • 1In a sad manner: he smiled sadly
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    • Near the end of the meal I looked up at my two brilliant companions and smiled sadly and shyly.
    • They started dancing, and I smiled sadly, wishing I had a relationship even half as wonderful as theirs.
    • I look up at him and he's smiling so sadly that tears cloud my eyes before I can even look down.
  • 2 [sentence adverb] It is a sad or regrettable fact that; unfortunately: sadly, the forests of Sulawesi are now under threat
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    • I myself have long hoped to be a minion to Cruella Deville, but sadly my youthful dreams have been to no avail.
    • I pity their unhappy lives, but sadly there isn't a terrible great deal I can do to get them out and away from it.
    • And sadly, it's not terribly different from what is actually being done in some churches.
  • 2.1 [as submodifier] To a regrettable extent; regrettably: his schemes went sadly awry
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    • I am growing sadly accustomed to his disregard for the views of the people of the town.
    • They think of Hughes as a man who played for the shirt - a trait sadly lacking nowadays.
    • Instead, it's a sadly bloated and floundering example of an experiment gone awry.

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