[ adverb ] in an unfortunate way
"sadly he died before he could see his grandchild"
Used in print(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)
An Anglican clergyman in Oxford sadly but frankly acknowledged to me that this is true .(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)
Again , Lawrence thought a_little sadly , these were the fees of poverty and ambition .(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)
It was an old and dirty wooden structure , sadly in need of repair .(Howard Fast, April Morning....)
A dozen cows mooed sadly and regarded us as if we were insane , as perhaps we were at that moment , with the crazy excitement of our first encounter , the yelling and shooting still continuing up at the road , and the thirst of some of the men , which was so great that they waded into the muddy water and scooped_up handfuls of_it .(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)
The smoke from that chimney rose as sluggishly as smoke from any other , and hung as sadly in the drizzle , creeping back_down along the sopping canvas of the roof .