depressing

adjective
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.

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But statistics of hate crimes against Asians are alarmingly depressing. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Crazy Rich Asians Star Gemma Chan Joins the Royal Court in Mary Queen of Scots," 29 Nov. 2018 The implied accusations of elitism are strange and somewhat depressing, because the novel is not at all difficult to read or understand. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 For a young student, report-card season can be an exciting, stressful, or even depressing time of year. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again," 6 Dec. 2018 That’s a pretty depressing outlook as far as matrimony is concerned. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "My Millennial Divorce: A Week of Stories That Explore Uncoupling in a Modern World," 26 Nov. 2018 Rebecca Jennings Obviously your job is sometimes very depressing. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Not even shopping locally can save your favorite mom-and-pop — the problem is much, much bigger than that.," 21 Nov. 2018 There are a lot of sad or depressing stories out there. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There's a Reason Why You See the Same Women in All Those Hallmark Christmas Movies," 23 Nov. 2018 But don’t fret — if that’s too dark and depressing, Flight of the Conchords: Live in London will no doubt serve as the effervescent distraction everyone is looking for. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October," 30 Sep. 2018 My life is a sad and depressing adventure that started when I was born. Dana Lee, Indianapolis Star, "Northwest senior battles depression, bullying to emerge as valedictorian," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of depressing

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depressing was in 1629

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depressing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of depressing

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

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