Definition of depressing 

: that depresses especially : causing emotional depression a depressing story

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Other Words from depressing

depressingly \ -​siŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of depressing in a Sentence

This rainy weather is depressing. He paints a depressing picture of modern life.

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Dominant big men are fun to watch, while conversely, it's been a little bit depressing to watch those players routinely marginalized in every game that matters. Andrew Sharp,, "The NBA Draft and the Impossible Standards of the Warriors Era," 20 June 2018 Going to Jungle Jim’s or Party Source now can be a depressing experience. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 So all of this information was-- INGRAHAM: How depressing. Fox News, "Leonard Leo on why Trump appointed Judge Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Yet, all of Glow season 2 isn’t a depressing slog of harassment and racial bias., "Glow Season 2 Review: There’s No Sophomore Slump Here," 21 June 2018 Denizens of the tech landscape are realizing there’s a depressing amount of truth in their embarrassing portrayal on Silicon Valley as soulless, vapid, greedy, socially awkward opportunists. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Silicon Valley's Schizophrenic Feelings," 26 Apr. 2018 The franchise is a gold mine, despite the depressing circumstances on the court. George Diaz,, "Magic dumpster fire continues to burn despite fans' frustrations," 15 Apr. 2018 The racial undertones in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead become overt by the depressing ending, and the bleak satire of American values in the sequel, 1978’s Dawn of the Dead, are even more obvious. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 If that sounds depressing to Spurs fans unaccustomed to lowering their standards, perhaps some comfort can be taken in this age of discontent, anyway. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "In summer of discontent, Pop finds reason to return," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of depressing

1629, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of depressing

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

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