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Synonyms for Sadness - Exam Vocab

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘hate’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

There was misery (noun) in the air, a state of debilitating (adjective) depression (noun). Everyone was despondent (adjective) and forlorn (adjective), and it was all terribly (adverb) depressing (adjective).

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list.

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Some Nouns for Sadness

(e.g. to be in a state of, or to experience, or to suffer from…)

(e.g. the depths of misery; a dreadful melancholy; a debilitating depression)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

hopelessness

despondency

gloominess

melancholy

woe

dejection

unhappiness

sombreness

sorrow

depression

*downheartedness

*dispiritedness


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Some Adjectives to Describe Sadness

(e.g. to be or to feel…)

(e.g. understandably inconsolable; immeasurably distraught; deeply miserable)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

inconsolable

dejected

devastated

maudlin

discouraged

despondent

woeful

melancholy/melancholic

downcast

sombre

miserable

morose

sorrowful

unhappy

glum

pessimistic

dispirited

hopeless

low

heartbroken

down

blue

gloomy

mournful

depressed

downhearted

sullen

wretched

*disconsolate

*forlorn

*doleful

*desolate

*distraught

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Some Verbs for Experiencing Sadness

(e.g. to despair of/for the future; to lament your situation; to wallow in grief)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

despair

bewail (archaic)

wallow

bemoan (archaic)

suffer

lament

mourn

endure

grieve

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Some Adverbs for Describing a State of Sadness

(e.g. terribly glum; overwhelmingly despondent; incredibly pessimistic)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

terribly

decidedly

endlessly

immeasurably

overwhelmingly

painfully

understandably

incurably

incredibly

insufferably

woefully

achingly

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