Definition of sobering
: tending to make one thoughtful or sober
Examples of sobering in a Sentence
His death is a sobering reminder of the dangers of mountaineering.
Recent Examples of sobering from the Web
The cost of fuel and mounting labor expenses, prompted in large part by renegotiated contracts with carriers' pilots, flight attendants and mechanics unions, added a sobering drag on an otherwise uplifting industry outlook on passenger unit revenue.
And the sobering truth rained down on him like bad butter beer.
His sobering tone stood in contrast to the hint of optimism expressed a day earlier by Scarnati.
The passenger was also intoxicated and was taken to a sobering facility. --
Restoring Canada’s Competitiveness in Fundamental Research: The View from the Bench—offers plenty of sobering findings for fans of basic research.
The desperation in Mrs. Hoke’s voice reflects a sobering reality for families of boys with the disease since their elation last fall over the drug’s approval.
The desperation in Hoke’s voice reflects a sobering reality for families of boys with the disease since their elation last fall over the drug’s approval.
Their deaths while on patrol in the Western Pacific are a sobering reminder of the dangers that the men and women of our military face every day.
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Definition of sobering for English Language Learners
: making you feel serious and thoughtful
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