sadly

sadly
sad|ly [ˈsædli] adv
1.) in a way that shows that you are sad
Peter shook his head sadly.
2.) [sentence adverb]
unfortunately
Sadly, the business failed.
3.) very much - used when talking about bad situations or states
The garden's been sadly neglected.
Good restaurants were sadly lacking.
He was a popular man who will be sadly missed.
I'm afraid you're going to be sadly disappointed.
If you think you'll get any money from him, you're sadly mistaken.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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