sadly
adverb see sad

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Sadly — Sad ly, adv. 1. Wearily; heavily; firmly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In go the spears full sadly in arest. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Seriously; soberly; gravely. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To tell thee sadly, shepherd, without blame Or our neglect, we… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sadly — is a somewhat overused alternative to the sentence adverb unfortunately, and has lost some of its force: • Sadly, his collection was sold and dispersed throughout the world after his death Lancashire Life, 1978 • Sadly, standards of care and… …   Modern English usage

  • sadly — (adv.) c.1300, “heavily,” also “solidly,” from SAD (Cf. sad) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning “sorrowfully” is mid 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • sadly — ► ADVERB 1) in a sad manner. 2) it is sad or regrettable that; regrettably …   English terms dictionary

  • sadly — adverb 1 in a way that shows that you are sad: Peter shook his head sadly and turned away. 2 (sentence adverb) unfortunately: Sadly, they just can t be trusted. 3 in a way that makes you sad: He was a popular man and will be sadly missed. | We… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sadly — sad|ly [ˈsædli] adv 1.) in a way that shows that you are sad = ↑unhappily ▪ Peter shook his head sadly. 2.) [sentence adverb] unfortunately ▪ Sadly, the business failed. 3.) very much used when talking about bad situations or states ▪ The garden… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sadly — sad|ly [ sædli ] adverb ** 1. ) used for showing that you think something is bad or wrong: Sadly, they chose to ignore our advice. a sadly neglected puppy 2. ) in a way that shows sadness: My best friend is leaving, she said sadly. a ) in a way… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sadly */*/ — UK [ˈsædlɪ] / US adverb 1) used for showing that you think something is bad or wrong Sadly, they chose to ignore our advice. a sadly neglected puppy 2) a) in a way that shows sadness My best friend is leaving, she said sadly. b) in a way that… …   English dictionary

  • sadly — [ˈsædli] adv 1) used for showing that you think that something is bad or wrong Sadly, they chose to ignore our advice.[/ex] 2) in a way that shows that you are sad, or that makes you feel sad She smiled sadly.[/ex] Jim Perry was a wonderful… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • sadly — adverb 1. in an unfortunate way (Freq. 7) sadly he died before he could see his grandchild • Syn: ↑unhappily • Ant: ↑happily • Derived from adjective: ↑sad 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sadly — adverb /ˈsadli/ a) In a sad manner; sorrowfully. If you think you’re getting out of this place alive, you are sadly mistaken, my friend. b) Unfortunately, sad to say. Sadly, the two were never to meet again …   Wiktionary

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