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.
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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.
The analysis by Cornerstone Capital Group for the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute, gives a sobering look into the future of retail employment, especially for women who tend to dominate clerk or cashier jobs.
After absorbing an array of blows from powers like the Los Angeles Dodgers to weaklings like the San Diego Padres, the Cubs enter the final day of May with the sobering reality of a sub .500 record.
Some appeared to temper their whimsy as a more sobering news story dominated the medium: a huge explosion shaking Kabul, leaving dozens dead or wounded.
The Flyers' long and thus-far-futile chase after Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins dates to a stunning and sobering afternoon nine years ago, to the sight of a team president bitter over the past and a general manager pondering the future.
The excitement with which UCSD greeted its third championship appearance in nine years has been replaced with the sobering knowledge that now there is no margin for error.
That sobering news derailed his breakout as a Yankees rookie in 2014, when Tanaka looked like the best pitcher in the American League.
For swimmers, the news is more sobering, as the mean peak age is 21.
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Definition of sobering for English Language Learners
: making you feel serious and thoughtful
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