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1 sadly

In an unfortunate way:
— Sadly he died before he could see his grandchild.

synonym: unhappily.

Roget 837: with a long face, with tears in one's eyes; sadly etc. adj..

Roget 535: affirmatively etc. adj.; in the affirmative.    with emphasis, ex-cathedra, without fear of contradiction.    as God is my witness, I must say, indeed, i' faith, let me tell you, why, give me leave to say, ... show more

2 sadly

With sadness; in a sad manner.

3 sadly

In an unfortunate or deplorable manner:
— He was sadly neglected.

synonyms: deplorably, lamentably, woefully.

Roget 31: truly etc. (truth) 494 [in a positive degree]; decidedly, unequivocally, purely, absolutely, seriously, essentially, fundamentally, radically, ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abominably, agonizingly, awfully, baldly, balefully, bitterly, blatantly, bleakly, brashly, by ill hap, by ill luck, confoundedly, cruelly, damnably, deadly, deathly, dejectedly, deplorably, despondently, deucedly ... show more.

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