2 [usually before noun] very bad in a way that makes you feel angry, upset, or shocked
The sad truth is that many children never learn to read.
it is sad that: I think it’s sad that children spend so much time watching television.
something is a sad reflection on something/someone (=it shows how bad something or someone is): Teachers’ salaries are a sad reflection on our commitment to educating children.
a sad state of affairs (=bad situation): It’s a sad state of affairs when people can’t be bothered to vote any more.
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