Etymology
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sadly (adv.)

c. 1300, "heavily," also "solidly," from sad + -ly (2). The main modern meaning "sorrowfully" begins by mid-14c.

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Definitions of sadly

sadly (adv.)
in an unfortunate way;
sadly he died before he could see his grandchild
Synonyms: unhappily
sadly (adv.)
with sadness; in a sad manner;
`She died last night,' he said sadly
sadly (adv.)
in an unfortunate or deplorable manner;
he was sadly neglected
Synonyms: deplorably / lamentably / woefully
From wordnet.princeton.edu