so·​ber·​ing ˈsō-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce sobering (audio)
: tending to make one thoughtful or sober

Examples of sobering in a Sentence

His death is a sobering reminder of the dangers of mountaineering.
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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sobering was in 1816

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“Sobering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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