Saddened vs Dispirited - What's the difference?

saddened | dispirited |

As verbs the difference between saddened and dispirited

is that saddened is (sadden) while dispirited is (dispirit).

As an adjective dispirited is

without energy, gusto or drive, enervated, without the will to accomplish, disheartened.




  • (sadden)
  • Anagrams

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    (en verb)
  • to make sad or unhappy
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.}}
  • (rare) to become sad or unhappy
  • * {{quote-book, year=1999, author=Mary Ann Mitchell, title=Drawn To The Grave citation
  • , passage=Hyacinth perfume tickled her senses, making her feel giddy, but she saddened when she saw how uncared for the garden was.}}
  • (rare) to darken a color during dyeing
  • to render heavy or cohesive
  • * Mortimer
  • Marl is binding, and saddening of land is the great prejudice it doth to clay lands.




  • (dispirit)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Without energy, gusto or drive, enervated, without the will to accomplish, disheartened.
  • So dispirited were the troops after the loss of their beloved commander that they moped about and could barely be bothered to eat let alone load their guns.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=April 19 , author=Josh Halliday , title=Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised? , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=The shift in the balance of power online has allowed anyone to publish to the world, from dispirited teenagers in south London to an anonymous cyber-dissident in a Middle East autocracy.}}