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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unhappy)
a. triste
I felt very sad when he left.Me sentí muy triste cuando se marchó.
2. (regrettable)
a. lamentable
It was a sad mistake to buy this house.Fue un error lamentable comprar esta casa.
3. (pathetic)
a. penoso
Their performance was really sad.Su actuación fue realmente penosa.
4. (in a poor state)
a. lamentable
The flu put him in a sad state.La gripe lo puso en un estado lamentable.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (unhappy, depressing)
a. triste
to become sadentristecerse
to make somebody sadentristecer a alguien
2. (colloquial)
a. lamentable, penoso(a) (pathetic)
sad [sæd]
sadder (comparative)saddest (superlative)
1 (unhappy) [+person, eyes, smile] triste
I'm sad that I won't be able to play football any more estoy triste porque no voy a poder volver a jugar al fútbol; me entristece no poder volver a jugar al fútbol
we were sad about or at the news of her illness nos entristeció or nos apenó enterarnos de su enfermedad
to become sad entristecerse; ponerse triste
to feel sad sentirse triste; estar triste
to grow sad entristecerse; ponerse triste
to be sad at heart estar profundamente triste; tener el corazón oprimido
to make sb sad entristecer or poner triste a algn
he left a sadder and a wiser man cuando se marchó era un hombre escarmentado
2 (distressing) [+story, occasion, loss] triste; [+news] malo; triste
it is my sad duty to inform you that ... tengo el penoso deber de informarle de que ...
the sad fact or truth is that ... la triste realidad es que ...
how sad! ¡qué triste!; ¡qué pena!
it is sad to see such expertise wasted es lamentable or da pena ver tanta pericia echada a perder
it was a sad sight era una triste escena
I have some sad news for you
3 (deplorable) [+situation, state of affairs] lamentable; penoso
it's a sad business es un asunto lamentable
a sad mistake un error lamentable
sad to say lamentablemente
nobody can work out how to change this sad situation It's a sad [state of affairs] when people are afraid to go out at night.
4 (pathetic) [+performance, attempt, joke] penoso
what sad people they must be if they have to complain about a little innocent fun si se quejan de que la gente lo pase bien un rato es realmente como para tenerles pena
he made a sad attempt to be funny/make a joke out of it he made a sad attempt to act the part of Lear he cracked a few sad jokes that nobody laughed at and went into his speech
sad sack (n) (US) inútil (informal) (m)
Position of "triste"
You should generally put triste after the noun when translating sad in the sense of "unhappy", and before the noun in the sense of "distressing":
He always seemed a sad little boy Siempre pareció un niño triste
... the sad reality ... ... la triste realidad ...
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