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

Definition of depressing

: that depresses especially : causing emotional depression a depressing story

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 No offense to the Euphorias of the world, or the Ted Lassos, but this is depressing. Wired, 16 July 2022 For anyone interested in enacting truly effective measures to stem the tide of gun violence in this country, the senators’ announcement might be profoundly depressing. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 For the young Chinese, the increasingly stringent social controls are equally depressing. New York Times, 24 May 2022 But the outlook for the BBC’s second century is depressing. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 It’s a depressing endnote that suggests the perils of notoriety — good rogues are gone all too soon, while others manage to evade justice indefinitely. Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Which meant for Cleveland, the result turned out equally depressing. Joe Noga, cleveland, 6 July 2022 Directed by Le-Van Kiet and written by Lustig and Thornton, the Hulu film reflects society’s depressing approach to inspiring young people to value women. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2022 The ‘90s house-meets-bounce record is a bonafide earworm: The beat tingles up your spine, begging you to quickly find a dancefloor as the lyrics allow for a bit of mental release from these depressing times. Niki Mcgloster,, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of depressing

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Depressing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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