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Making you feel sad or upset - thesaurus

Synonyms

sad

adjective

making you feel unhappy

unhappy

adjective

used about situations and experiences that make people feel unhappy

depressing

adjective

something that is depressing makes you feel very unhappy and disappointed

miserable

adjective

a miserable situation or period is one that makes you feel very unhappy

painful

adjective

making you feel upset, ashamed, or unhappy

terrible

adjective

making you feel very upset or afraid

dismal

adjective

making you feel unhappy and without hope or enthusiasm

heartbreaking

adjective

making you feel very sad or upset

upsetting

adjective

making you feel sad, worried, or angry

tragic

adjective

causing or involving great sadness, because someone suffers or dies

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affecting

adjective

formal making you feel a strong emotion such as sadness, sympathy etc

agonising

a British spelling of agonizing

agonizing

adjective

an agonizing event or period of time is very upsetting and seems to happen very slowly because something bad is happening

bitter

adjective

making you feel very unhappy or disappointed

bitter-sweet

adjective

involving or causing feelings of happiness and sadness at the same time

black

adjective

making people feel unhappy or lose hope

black

adjective

relating to sad or unpleasant things such as death or illness

cheerless

adjective

mainly literary making you feel sad because of being cold, dark, or unpleasant

dark

adjective

a dark time is one in which people feel frightened, unhappy, and without hope

discouraging

adjective

making you feel that it is useless to try to do something

disheartening

adjective

making you less confident or enthusiastic

elegiac

adjective

formal expressing sadness, especially because someone has died or because something no longer exists

grim

adjective

grim news, situations, or events are unpleasant and make you feel upset and worried

gut-wrenching

adjective

making you feel very sad or upset

heart-rending

adjective

making you feel very sad and sympathetic because someone is suffering

lachrymose

adjective

literary very sad, or making you cry

melancholy

adjective

mainly literary feeling or looking sad and without hope, or making you feel sad and without hope

melting

adjective

making you feel love or sympathy

moody

adjective

creating a feeling of sadness or mystery

mournful

adjective

making you feel very sad

pathetic

adjective

if someone or something looks or sounds pathetic, you feel sympathy for them

piteous

adjective

literary a piteous sound, expression, or situation makes you feel sympathy for someone or something

pitiable

adjective

formal making you feel sympathy and sadness

pitiful

adjective

looking or sounding so unhappy that you feel sympathy and sadness

poignant

adjective

giving you feelings of sadness

regrettable

adjective

making you feel sad or sorry because something happened that you wish had not happened

sadly

adverb

in a way that causes sadness

sentimental

adjective

making people experience feelings of sadness, sympathy, love etc, especially in a deliberate and obvious way

shattering

adjective

extremely upsetting

sorrowful

adjective

literary feeling, expressing, or causing great sadness

soul-destroying

adjective

a soul-destroying situation makes you very unhappy because you think it will never improve

touching

adjective

making you feel emotional or sympathetic, for example by being sad

tragic

adjective

Britishinformal very bad and making you feel upset or angry

unfortunate

adjective

formal if something is unfortunate, you do not approve of it, or you wish it had not happened

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