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sobering

adjective so·ber·ing

Simple Definition of sobering

  • : making you feel serious and thoughtful

Full Definition of sobering

  1. :  tending to make one thoughtful or sober

Examples of sobering

  1. His death is a sobering reminder of the dangers of mountaineering.



1816

First Known Use of sobering

1816


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