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 depressing (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 Some possibilities lie in plain sight: The fear sparked by the pandemic, and the social isolation that comes with it, are themselves depressing and anxiety-inducing, and have in turn sparked unhealthy behaviors. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Psychiatric and neurological problems are common in COVID-19’s wake, study finds," 8 Apr. 2021 News of Everard’s disappearance was a piercing and depressing reiteration that women’s safety mechanisms are insufficient. Raven Smith, Vogue, "On Sarah Everard and Protesting a Predatory World," 17 Mar. 2021 The concourse was dark and depressing and smelled like pretzels. Forsyth Harmon,, "You Wear My Shoes," 3 Mar. 2021 Doomscrolling, or doomsurfing, refers to the tendency to continue to scroll through bad news despite the content being saddening, disheartening or depressing. USA TODAY, "Facebook and Twitter bumming you out? Doomscrolling leads users to social media detox. Here's how you can, too," 28 Jan. 2021 But grayters call the color depressing, dull and too safe. Washington Post, "After years of being the ‘it’ neutral, gray may be on its way out," 27 Apr. 2021 Studies showed preschoolers were watching more than 50 hours a week of TV, but children’s television at the time was almost strictly commercial, vapid, and depressing. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Cheerful Look inside Sesame Street," 24 Apr. 2021 Last year was the most depressing, least hilarious year. Star Tribune, "Brooks: When you're down, you're not down there alone," 25 Mar. 2021 It’s all so utterly predictable and so thoroughly depressing., "If 20 children killed in an elementary school didn’t change things, why would 10 dead adults in a supermarket?," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Depressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of depressing

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

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