de·​press·​ing | \ di-ˈpre-siŋ, 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 , 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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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 The whole sad and depressing tabloid sideshow — will Meghan Markle’s father walk his daughter down the aisle? — has been answered. William Booth, Washington Post, "Meghan Markle: ‘Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding’," 17 May 2018 There are other factors that contributed to her desire to leave, including shoulder woes from carrying heavy equipment for many years and a constant diet of murders and other depressing story assignments. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Anger toward media spreads into local communities," 30 Oct. 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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