a sad state (of affairs)

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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.
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"It's a sad state in this country where we hold ourselves to be so modern and progressive, yet won't let every man and woman have the same rights.