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a sad state (of affairs)

A particularly unfortunate, unpleasant, and/or upsetting situation or set of circumstances. Their company has been in a sad state after Jonathan took over. It's a sad state of affairs when you can no longer be sure how you're going to feed your children each night.
See also: sad, state

too (something) for words

So extremely (something) that it cannot be described in words. Marie, you are too kind for words. How can I ever thank you?
See also: word

sadder but wiser

Knowledgeable or experienced after having gone through something unpleasant or unfortunate. We came through the economic disaster sadder but wiser, hopefully better prepared for such disasters in the future. I left the dinner sadder but wiser, understanding just how entrenched her family's bigotry still is.
See also: but, sad, wiser

disappointed at someone or something

 and disappointed in someone or something
becoming sad because of someone or something. I am really disappointed at what you did. I am very disappointed in you. That was a terrible thing to do. They were disappointed in the outcome.
See also: disappointed

It is a poor heart that never rejoices.

 and It is a sad heart that never rejoices.
Prov. Even a habitually sad person cannot be sad all the time. (Sometimes used to indicate that a habitually sad person is happy about something.) Jill: I've never seen Sam smile before, but today, at his retirement party, he smiled. Jane: It is a poor heart that never rejoices.
See also: heart, never, poor, rejoice, that

sadder but wiser

Cliché unhappy but knowledgeable [about someone or something--after an unpleasant event]. After the accident, I was sadder but wiser, and would never make the same mistake again. We left the meeting sadder but wiser, knowing that we could not ever come to an agreement with Becky's aunt.
See also: but, sad, wiser

sorry sight

 and sad sight
a sight that one regrets seeing; someone or something that is unpleasant to look at. Well, aren't you a sorry sight! Go get cleaned up and put on some fresh clothes.
See also: sight, sorry

sadder but wiser

Unhappy but having learned from one's mistakes, as in Sadder but wiser, she's never going near poison ivy again. The pairing of these two adjectives was first recorded in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).
See also: but, sad, wiser

sad sack

A singularly inept person, as in Poor George is a hopeless sad sack. This term alludes to a cartoon character, Sad Sack, invented by George Baker in 1942 and representing a soldier in ill-fitting uniform who failed at whatever he tried to do. It was soon transferred to clumsily inept civilians.
See also: sack, sad

sad sack

an inept blundering person. informal, chiefly US
See also: sack, sad

a sad, poor, etc. reflection on something

a thing which damages somebody’s/something’s reputation: The increase in crime is a sad reflection on our society today.
See also: on, reflection, something

too funny, sad, etc. for ˈwords

extremely funny, sad, etc: The man in the post office was too stupid for words.
See also: word

sad

mod. poor; undesirable. This steak is really sad.

sad sack

n. a sad person; a listless or depressed person. Tom always looks like such a sad sack.
See also: sack, sad
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Light therapy is an effective treatment for SAD, so you also may want to consider purchasing a light box.
That said, whether you have full-blown SAD or merely a touch of winter blues, there are lots of things that can help - and there is no need to battle on alone.
The students with severe SAD were referred for counselling and psychotherapy to the health-care facility.
A psychologist can help determine if someone has SAD and how best to treat it.
Jovan Krajicinovic, an agreement was made between the Institute of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Novi Sad and the company "DES", Novi Sad in 1984.
Because it gets darker earlier in the winter, that may trigger people with SAD to overproduce melatonin.
Our thoughts are with Craig's family and friends at this very sad time.
Roecklein came to her expertise in SAD beginning with her study of circadian rhythms, which are regular, daily biological sequences in our body processes.
P Paul sad news but at least they got their amazing dream wedding, something to hold on to.
The SAD leader said the state Congress chief should not bother about the SAD- BJP coalition, as it was not a political alliance but a natural tie- up.
Method D is ratio subtraction spectrophotometry where ASC can be determined by dividing the spectrum of the mixture by the spectrum of the SAD (as a divisor) followed by subtracting the constant absorbance value of the plateau region then finally multiplying the obtained spectrum by the spectrum of the divisor.
LEONA NACHI, 10, said: "When we went around the cemeteries it felt sad because you saw how many soldiers gave their lives.
Surprisingly, melanopsin cell responses were lower in SAD year-round, in summer and winter, compared with controls.
predict empirical SAD perfectly the underpinning mechanisms driving species assemblages are still niche-based (Cheng et al.
I am feeling a little sad today, and it is not because I am black and sometimes wear a hoodie.