so·​ber·​ing | \ ˈsō-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce sobering (audio) \

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 on the Web Regardless, a sobering wake-up call awaits in Athens. USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 This week's sobering survey points up a national crisis. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 All this comes amid the sobering news that the seven-day average of deaths topped 2,000, though the number of cases has slowed somewhat in recent weeks -- a hopeful sign that maybe the death rate will soon fall as well. NBC News, 19 Sep. 2021 But after his first start, Monheim offered a more sobering self-analysis. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 According to the results of a study by analyst firm Forrester, the U.S. is heading for a sobering deficit of 500,000 software developers by 2024 (paywall). Vaidya Aiyer, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The sobering results: 49% said that arresting insurrectionists violated the Constitution because the insurrectionists were only exercising their constitutional right to petition the government for redress of grievances. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2021 And for a sobering dose of caution, thank the Dodgers, still hot on their spikes. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep. 2021 That’s a sobering prospect for the country, whose $17.5 billion wine industry is one of its biggest export earners. David Meyer, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of sobering

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Sobering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sobering

: making you feel serious and thoughtful

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