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Joan's childhood was filled with pain and sadness.
There was a sadness about him that we never really understood.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Wilfred White.
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a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team
using sarcasm to upset someone or to show anger
a response to a scathing comment or unpleasant situation
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Definition of sadness from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.