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 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 Hoke’s voice reflects a sobering reality for families of boys with the disease since their elation last fall over the drug’s approval.
If Louisville doesn't already have enough science behind its programs to plant more trees and coax cooler roofing and parking lots, new research out of the University of Hawaii offers another sobering look through a climate change crystal ball.
Fortunately, a mixture of police boredom and good luck allowed me to talk my way back to my car and head home, but not before being reminded of the sobering reality of the Georgia 6th election and what was at stake.
The findings are especially sobering considering that the world is on track for far more warming by the end of this century.
The biggest twist comes in the handling of Kate's final speech, resulting in a finale that was both sobering and satisfying.
The sobering reality of how good the Warriors are The NBA Finals everyone wanted was supposed to come, of course, with the starshine of proven success.
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Definition of sobering for English Language Learners
: making you feel serious and thoughtful
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