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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Awakened to the depressing news of more community shootings, 2nd day. Laura Crimaldi,, "Six injured in Roxbury shooting Friday night expected to survive," 6 July 2019 Ending a dynasty in the same fashion is even more depressing. Michael Shapiro,, "Five Big Questions Surrounding Kevin Durant's NBA Free Agency," 24 June 2019 The Army and Marines present a hardly less depressing picture. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 So for this to happen to him is extremely depressing. Robert Klemko,, "You Never Knew Kellen Winslow Jr.," 13 June 2019 His optimism that this bill could become law if only men and women were persuaded to do the right thing was refreshing in the face of a stark and depressing reality. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Colorado’s freshmen congressman, Joe Neguse, stands for Dreamers," 8 June 2019 McAulay said the event was alarming and depressing, especially after hearing some of the life experiences that people of color and their kids go through. Dallas News, "Why two Dallas women started a female-only book club about diversity," 5 June 2019 The only balm for these depressing times is: several photos of the Olsen twins wearing enormous coats. Allie Jones, The Cut, "A Child’s Treasury of the Olsen Twins Wearing Enormous Coats," 5 Feb. 2018 More fundamentally depressing, though, is this fact: Apple was a company that existed primarily to make stuff. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Is a Credit Card Company Now," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of depressing

1629, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2019

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The first known use of depressing was in 1629

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English Language Learners Definition of depressing

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

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