a sad state of affairs

a sad state of affairs

(spoken) also a sorry state of affairs
a bad situation that you find upsetting It's a sad state of affairs when schools don't provide a basic education for their students.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form a sad state: Things have reached a sad state when you have to pay a bribe to get something done.
See also: affair, of, sad, state
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Last Friday, we all witnessed a sad state of affairs when a fictitious press release was disseminated over the Internet via Internet Wire.