depressing

adjective
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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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 But statistics of hate crimes against Asians are alarmingly depressing. Julia Felsenthal, Marie Claire, "Crazy Rich Asians Star Gemma Chan Joins the Royal Court in Mary Queen of Scots," 29 Nov. 2018 The implied accusations of elitism are strange and somewhat depressing, because the novel is not at all difficult to read or understand. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of depressing

1629, in the meaning defined above

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depressing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of depressing

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

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