de·​press·​ing | \ di-ˈpre-siŋ How to pronounce depressing (audio) , dē- \

Definition of depressing

: that depresses especially : causing emotional depression a depressing story

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Other Words from depressing

depressingly \ di-​ˈpre-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce depressingly (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of depressing in a Sentence

This rainy weather is depressing. He paints a depressing picture of modern life.
Recent Examples on the Web Yesterday was Blue Monday, which is thought of as the most depressing day of the year. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for January 21: Impeachment, coronavirus, 2020 Dems, Puerto Rico," 21 Jan. 2020 Being cut off from the outdoors can be really demoralizing and depressing. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "20 gifts to give someone who can’t leave the house," 17 Apr. 2020 Is the idea of many worlds both inspiring and depressing? Christian Holub,, "Alex Garland talks quantum physics, mortality, and Devs," 16 Apr. 2020 The result was an incredibly depressing show — which, given the band's dour songs, is really saying something. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The best and worst of Summerfest 2019 in Milwaukee, from Billie Eilish to Jennifer Lopez," 8 July 2019 Car and Driver has kept a useful (and depressing!) tally of those that have been canceled or delayed by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "A Travel Ban, Gig Economy Risks, and More Car News This Week," 15 Mar. 2020 February in the city is a notoriously depressing time. New York Times, "20 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 20 Feb. 2020 Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics. Fox News, "'The Noel Diary' by Richard Paul Evans," 19 Dec. 2017 Indeed, the most depressing news from December is that the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases rose yet again. Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "A Very Hot Year," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of depressing

1629, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2020

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“Depressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of depressing

: causing someone to feel sad or without hope : causing depression

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