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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-pres-ing]
    • /dɪˈprɛs ɪŋ/
    • /dɪˈpresɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-pres-ing]
    • /dɪˈprɛs ɪŋ/

Definitions of depressing word

  • adjective depressing Something that is depressing makes you feel sad and disappointed. 3
  • adjective depressing causing a feeling of dejection or low spirits 3
  • adjective depressing serving to depress; inducing a state of depression: depressing news. 1
  • verb with object depressing to make sad or gloomy; lower in spirits; deject; dispirit. 1
  • verb with object depressing to lower in force, vigor, activity, etc.; weaken; make dull. 1
  • verb with object depressing to lower in amount or value. 1

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Origin of depressing

First appearance:

before 1780
One of the 45% newest English words
First recorded in 1780-90; depress + -ing2

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Parts of speech for Depressing


depressing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

depressing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for depressing

adj depressing

  • distressing — great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble.
  • dreary — causing sadness or gloom.
  • sad — Systems Analysis Definition
  • heartbreaking — causing intense anguish or sorrow.
  • gloomy — dark or dim; deeply shaded: gloomy skies.

adjective depressing

  • miserable — wretchedly unhappy, uneasy, or uncomfortable: miserable victims of war.
  • discouraging — to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
  • disappointing — failing to fulfill one's hopes or expectations: a disappointing movie; a disappointing marriage.
  • upsetting — overturned: an upset milk pail.
  • dejecting — (rare) present participle of deject.

Antonyms for depressing

adj depressing

  • comforting — If you say that something is comforting, you mean it makes you feel less worried or unhappy.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • cheerful — Someone who is cheerful is happy and shows this in their behaviour.
  • glad — feeling joy or pleasure; delighted; pleased: glad about the good news; glad that you are here.
  • joyful — full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted.

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